SHOPIAN: Army soldiers on Friday allegedly beat up children studying in a Quranic school in Shopian and also entered the school where they roughed up teachers and took with them both students and teachers to their camp.
Teachers at the Jamia Zia-ul-Huda said that the children were playing cricket in the courtyard of the school in Alyarpora Mohalla when “some outsider” threw a stone at a group of soldiers passing by, after which the soldiers attacked the children and also the teachers inside the school.
“We were playing cricket in the school courtyard when an army patrol was passing by outside. The soldiers entered our institution and picked up teachers and students of the institution,” a teacher said.
The man in charge of the institution, Tanveer Ahmed, told Kashmir Reader that the students were playing cricket during break hours when some outsider hurled a stone on an army patrol outside. “The soldiers entered the institution, beat up students and teachers, and took them away to an army camp,” he said.
He said that about 40 children study in the school and all of them are in the age group of 8 to 13 years. “The condition of one of the students is very bad. The soldiers beat him ruthlessly and he has severe injuries on his back,” Ahmed said.
Station House Officer of Shopian police station, Ghulam Jeelani, told Kashmir Reader that the students and teachers had thrown stones on the army patrol. “If need be, we will lodge FIR against the teachers and students,” he said.
Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said that no trooper manhandled any student or teacher. “The students and teachers had pelted stones on the army patrol. The soldiers picked them up and handed them over to the police,” he said.