Army allegedly roughs up govt employees in Bijbehara over pro-freedom graffiti

Army allegedly roughs up govt employees in Bijbehara over pro-freedom graffiti

Srinagar: Some floriculture department employees and trainees of the Tourism department were allegedly roughed up by army soldiers, in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district Saturday.
The employees invited wrath of the army soldiers over a Pro-Freedom graffiti painted on the walls of a community park, in New Colony area of the town.
The government employees alleged that their identity cards were snatched by the army men and they have been threatened with “dire consequences” in case they fail to erase the graffiti soon enough.
“They pointed their loaded guns at us and threatened to shoot us for the graffiti that has been painted during last year’s uprising on the park boundary,” the employees told Kashmir Reader.
The employees say they are caught between devil and the deep sea for the local youth do not allow them to erase the graffiti and the army men are threatening to kill them over it.
A senior police official from the area said he was not aware of the incident but assured to get the identity cards of the employees back.
Army spokesperson, R K Pandey, too said that he had no information if any such thing has happened or not.

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