Anantnag: Residents of Frisal area of Kulgam district have alleged widespread vandalism of their property by army soldiers late Tuesday night. This is the third such attack reported in the past two days in south Kashmir, the only difference being that no civilians were beaten during this rampage.
According to the Frisal residents, army soldiers came at about 11:20 in the night and started vandalising private vehicles. “They were taking out their wrath on parked cars and later they began smashing the windowpanes of residential houses,” villagers told Kashmir Reader. “While they were smashing the cars and windowpanes of houses, they hurled the most disgusting abuses at the villagers.”
They said the entire village was on tenterhooks and the villagers were expecting to be dragged out and beaten, like villagers were in Shopian and Marhama the previous night.
“Thankfully, they spared us this time round. But they spared not dozens of cars and many residential houses,” a villager said.
The entire village observed a shutdown on Wednesday morning to protest against the vandalism.
Kulgam Superintendent of Police Sreedhar Patil did not answer repeated phone calls.
Srinagar-based army spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia refuted the allegations. “Army has a zero-tolerance policy towards such incidents and I can assure you none of our men were involved in such an act,” Kalia told Kashmir Reader.