Army denies torture charge, says it summoned Sopore youth just for ‘counseling’

Srinagar: Army on Wednesday denied allegations that its men had tortured a youth in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
“The news report circulated by CNS( a local news agency) stating that a local youth was tortured by an army major at Pazlipura camp is devoid of truth. On May 7, the polling booths in general area Sopore were subjected to heavy stone pelting. Consequently, the police and PMF deployed at Pazlipura requested army to rescue them.
“Army vehicles and personnel who came in their rescue were also subjected to stone pelting putting the lives of soldiers into grave danger. Large number of army vehicles were damaged. Despite this, under able command of Major Abhishek, troops exhibited commendable restraint and did not respond by acting against them,” an army spokesman said in a statement here.
He said the entire incident was filmed. “Mudasir was one of the main miscreants against whom the local unit was to lodge an FIR and legal recourse thereof. However, keeping the future of the youth in consideration, it was decided that the youth be counselled and brought to right path. Accordingly, the youth and his uncle who is in police and two Sarpanchs were called to the camp. The youth was explained that such acts under misguidance of inimical elements can ruin his future and even make him guilty of crimes such as death and injury. The youth was then left after an NOC was taken from them.”
“It is reiterated that if such acts of benevolence are distorted and published, they will only block the initiatives of organisations to bring the youth on right path. The media houses are requested to educate their reporters to dig the truth and publish only the truth,” the spokesman said.