Kulgam: Minor clashes broke out amid a complete shutdown in Kulgam on Monday, triggered by the government forces’ arrests and indiscriminate thrashing of locals, including women.
Hundreds of residents came out on the Kulgam town main road and blocked it from early Monday, while shops, offices and other commercial establishments remained closed.
The blockade the locals put up affected all traffic movement. Residents of Naikpora, Malpoora and several others of the town’s localities alleged that government forces barged into their houses late on Sunday and beat people up.
“They (the forces) damaged our property and smashed the windowpanes of our homes. Parked vehicles were also damaged,” locals said. They also said that at least four boys had been picked up by the police.
The residents were demanding the immediate release of the arrested youth.
Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting locals, but the protestors did not budge and continued to keep the road blocked.
A senior police official from the area told Kashmir Reader that the “issue” with the locals had been resolved.
However, as per local sources, the shutdown continued in the area while this report was being filed.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG), south Kashmir range, S P Pani completely denied the allegations, terming them “baseless”.