Srinagar: Two teenage students of Darul Uloom Sawa-us-Sabeel in Kulgam district were beaten up by army soldiers on Wednesday night, the Darul Uloom administration told Kashmir Reader.
The two students, Hafiz Hamidul Islam, 15, and Hafiz Shehzad Ahmad, 14, were “ruthlessly beaten” by army soldiers when they were returning from a local mosque where they had gone to lead Taraweeh prayers, the authorities said.
They said both the students are receiving education in an Islamic course and have memorised the holy Quran.
“During the holy month of Ramzan we send our students who have memorised the holy Quran to lead Taraweeh prayers at different local mosques,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, editor of Mubalig magazine published by the Darul Uloom.
He said the duo was returning from the mosque in village Batsragam in a load carrier, when army soldiers intercepted them at main Chowk Khandipora at about 10:45pm on Wednesday.
“After checking their identity cards, the soldiers took away their mobile phones and without any provocation started beating them,” said Mushtaq.
He said that after beating the students, the soldiers returned their mobile phones.
The Darul Uloom administration demanded stringent action against the army soldiers who assaulted their students.
“The beating has also taken a toll on their mental health,” said a teacher.
Srinagar-based army spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that nothing such had happened.
“Army has not beaten any student of any Darul Uloom and no such incident has happened anywhere in Kulgam,” Col Kalia said.