ANANTNAG: A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Dadsara village of Tral Saturday after the army allegedly thrashed a youth and his family.
Army personal stopped near the house of Javed Akbar and summoned his son Ishfaq Javed. “A few minutes later, they started beating him with gun butts and bamboo sticks,” Akbar alleged.
“As I heard the cries of my son, I came out and saw the army men thrashing him mercilessly. When I tried to intervene , they started beating me too .”
“Worried about my son I called my brother Abdul Rashid who reached the spot and tried to save my son from the clutches of the army men. However, he too was beaten and hit on the forehead with a bamboo stick due to which he later received three stitches,” Akbar told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the army did even not spare his sister-in-law.
The family later went to the concerned police station to lodge a complaint against the army.
“We called SP Awantipora who told us to reach the police station. We immediately rushed to police station and lodged a complaint. The concerned Army officer told the SHO over the phone that they had come under stone pelting in the area. Later a police man accompanied us to the hospital where we were provided treatment,” Akbar said.
“I don’t know if the police has lodged an FIR against the army or not,” he said.
Contesting the army’s claims, Akbar said that it was early in the morning and most of the people were yet to come out of their houses. “There was no stone pelting at all when they thrashed us. It was an unprovoked action,” he said.
Soon after the incident a complete shutdown was observed in the area.
SHO Awantipora Mohammad Saleem said that it was a “minor” issue. “The army slapped someone after they came under stone pelting . Nobody was injured. It was a small issue and has been resolved,” the SHO said.