RR soldiers beat Bandipora villagers for religious event

Srinagar: A protest demonstration was held against the army in Bandipore district on Friday after soldiers from a local army camp beat up several residents of of Takiya village for hosting a religious programme organised by a religio-political organisation, Sawt-ul-Haq, on Thursday.
The residents said the soldiers of 13 Rashtriya Rifles from the Ajas camp arrived in vehicles, entered into homes and asked why they had allowed the function in the village.
“They were really angry. First they only asked questions, then they beat us up. They dragged me towards their vehicle, but villagers came to my rescue,” said Mehraj Ahmad, a villager.
The protesters blocked Srinagar-Bandipora road, saying the soldiers did not spare the old and women too.
A man named Zahoor Ahmad Dar of Takia was seriously injured after being beaten by the army.
Defence Spokesman, NN Joshi termed the allegations on army personnel as “baseless”.
“Army has nothing to do with this incident,” Joshi said.