Bijbehara: More than 20 people, most of them women, were injured on Sunday in Bijbehara town of south Kashmir when army soldiers assaulted them for the second day in a row.
According to reports, army soldiers in a repeat of Saturday’s incident barged into Karewa Mohalla locality of the town and beat up locals.
On Saturday, eight people were injured in the locality when army men assaulted them.
Today, as per police reports, a shot was fired by suspected militants at government troops in the main market of Bijbehara town. “A single shot was fired by the militants,” a senior police official from Bijbehara told Kashmir Reader.
The troops responded by firing dozens of bullets for about half an hour of continuous firing. “They entered the main town while firing and abusing people,” some locals told Kashmir Reader.
As the firing subsided, army soldiers climbed the hillock that houses Karewa Mohalla locality and started to beat up people.
“We received at least 7 injured at our hospital,” Dr Showket, Medical Superintendent (MS) of Sub-District hospital Bijbehara, told Kashmir Reader.
Local sources said that other injured were treated at private facilities.
The injured residents at Karewa Mohalla alleged that army soldiers were deliberately targeting them. “I feel the firing is just a drama. They just want to thrash us on any pretext, whatsoever,” an injured told Kashmir Reader.
The fearful residents of Karewa Mohalla said they had been threatened by army men on Saturday that they will thrash them again next evening, on the eve of the India-Pakistan cricket match.
The army has refuted the allegations. “Our men have done no such thing at all. These are all baseless allegations,” Srinagar-based army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader.