Violent protests in Pulwama after SOG man tries to “molest” girl

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: Government forces burst teargas canisters and fired warning shots in Main Town here to break up pro-freedom demonstrations that broke out after a cop of Special Operation Group (SOG) allegedly tried to molest a young woman this afternoon.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that a girl was passing near the Jammu and Kashmir Bank limited in the main town here when an SOG cop allegedly passed lewd comments and tried to molest her. The bystanders, who witnessed the alleged misbehaviour of the policeman, staged protests.

The traders also downed their shutters as a mark of protest against the alleged highhandedness of the police, witnesses said.

“The incident made the youth angry. They threw rocks at the SOG men. The cops, fired warning shots after they failed to disperse demonstrators with batons and teargas canisters,” witnesses said.

According to the witnesses, the situation in the town was tense, as the youth were fighting pitched battles with the heavily armed government forces.  More details emerging