ANANTNAG: Thrashing of a middle aged man, by government forces in Kanelwon village of Bijbehara Friday night, triggered protests and shutdown in the area on Saturday. Eyewitnesses said that the man, identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Teeli of Banderpora, was severely thrashed in the main market at Kanelwon by army men belonging to 3 Rashtriya Rifles stationed at Banderpora. Teeli had stopped for shopping when troopers caught him.
“He was driving a motorcycle. As soon as he stopped and walked towards a shop, army men who had already reached the market, caught hold of him and beat him severely,” witnesses told Kashmir Reader.
Shopkeepers downed their shutters and rushed towards the spot, where some people had been pleading with the troopers to stop. “They stopped only after a crowd gathered,” said a shopkeeper.
He was immediately taken to hospital where he received four stitches in his head. “He had suffered injuries on his back and arms as well,” said a villager from Banderpora.
Businesses in Kenalwon remained shut and youth protested in the market on Saturday. They blocked the Langanbal-Pahalgam road. Protestors demanded action against the troopers who beat Teeli.