Anantnag: The army allegedly ransacked houses and thrashed the locals in Wagad village of Tral in Pulwama district following protests against the forces’ vandalising a local militant’s house on Sunday.
Several people were injured and a few were arrested as chaos prevailed in the village.
According to reports, the army had allegedly ransacked the house of a local militant, Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan, and had beaten his old father on Sunday, triggering clashes in the area.
A year-old Anouba Gulzar in Wagad village of Tral was also injured by the forces. Anouba’s father Gulzar Ahmed Dar was detained by forces on Monday morning.
“His all family members including his old aged parents and wife were severely beaten as they tried to save Gulzar from getting detained,” alleged locals.
The situation however remained under control on Sunday. The locals, as per sources, had decided to observe a shutdown today and blocked the main road near the village.
“The army came and not only did they beat people ruthlessly, they also vandalised property,” the locals alleged, “Dozens of houses and a mosque have their window panes shattered, windows broken and doors unhinged.”
The locals, sources said, terrified at the army’s ruthless reaction, ran for their lives to nearby orchards and to other villages in the vicinity.
Following the army highhandedness, the police also reached the village and fired tear smoke shells, further terrifying the villagers.
SSP Awantipora Zahid Malik told Kashmir Reader that stones were pelted at the army, which retaliated with baton charging the village.
“The army had gone to the militant’s house yesterday to question his father. In a scuffle between army men and the family, the father of the militant received some bruises, following which villagers pelted stones at the army men, injuring two of them,” Malik said. He said that the locals had again barricaded a road today, and when the army tried to remove the barricades, they were again targeted with stones.
“The army retaliated with a baton charge. During the clashes, windowpanes of some houses have been damaged.” he said.