Shutdown for fifth consecutive day
Shopian: A complete shutdown was observed for the fifth consecutive day in Shopian on Tuesday in protest against night attacks by government forces on several villages in the district.
All business establishments and shops remained closed in the main town and adjacent villages of Shopian.
In another assault, residents of Shamsipora village told Kashmir Reader that the army beat at least ten persons on Monday evening and one of them was later referred to Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla for a fracture in his right arm. “They beat us ruthlessly without any reason. Are we born to face the brutality of Indian Army?” said a local villager who was beaten up by the soldiers.
Before Shamsipora village, government forces attacked Kannipora village on Sunday night and left 12 persons, including girls and elderly women, injured. They also damaged 35 residential houses and 30 vehicles during the assault, residents of Kannipora village told Kashmir Reader.
On Monday, when the villagers took to streets to protest against the army assault during the night, at Alyalpora area the forces fired pellets injuring 15 people. “They damaged our 250 KVA transformer by firing bullets into it and smashed several parked vehicles at Alyalpora,” a local said.
Another local told Kashmir Reader that if a civilian would have damaged the transformer, he would have been jailed. “It’s a lawless land here, where might is right,” he said. The damaging of the transformer resulted in a 24-hour outage of electricity in the main town.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Muhammad Ahsan, said the transformer that was damaged on Monday at Alyalpora had been restored. “We will hold an inquiry into why and how the transformer was damaged,” he said.
The high-handedness of forces in Shopian has gone unchecked for the past two months, during which dozens of villages have been attacked, people beaten, and property damaged.