Army denies allegation
SHOPIAN: Government forces on Friday evening allegedly vandalised Wathoo village in Shopian during a cordon and search operation.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that forces laid siege in Malik Mohalla in the evening. The furious soldiers smashed windscreens of parked cars and windowpanes of about a dozen of residential houses of Astan-Mohala after an incident of stone-pelting took place.
They said that forces personnel damaged everything that came in their way after the minor stone-pelting incident. “They smashed cars, windowpanes of houses and whatsoever came in their way,” a local resident said. Another villager said that forces damaged his 30 boxes of apples and scattered the apples around the courtyard.
Senior superintendent of police Shopian S A Dinkar didn’t respond to repeated calls from this reporter. Srinagar based defence spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that no army soldier was involved in any kind of ransacking or damaging property in the village.
More than 20 villages were vandalised and assaulted during cordon and search operations and night raids since May 4.