Mistaken identity triggers clashes in Samboora, many hurt

Mistaken identity triggers clashes in Samboora, many hurt

Non-local sand extractor beaten to pulp

PAMPORE: A non-local labourer who was mistaken for a braid-chopper was rescued amid protests from Samboora village of Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. The person was beaten to pulp by the locals who later entered into a street battle with police.

Clashes erupted between youth and government forces after the non-local labourer was caught and mistaken as braid-chopper. The incident happened after a rumour spread in the area that a woman’s braid was cut at Bhujbagh Samboora.

Police immediately reached the spot to assess the situation and asked people to handover the heckled person so that they can investigate the case. The locals denied handing over the youngster and started pelting stones on police.

Many police personnel were injured in the clashes and police in retaliation resorted to lathi charge and teargas shelling to disperse the youth.

Police said that Saddam Hussain son of Mehdi Hasan resident of Peelibeet Bareli (Uttar Pradesh) at present Bhujibagh Samboora was recovered after being beaten to pulp by a group of youth in Samboora.

Police told Kashmir Reader that a team of police headed by SDPO Awantipora Pervez Ahmad and SHO Pampore Adil Rashid immediately rushed to the village and rescued the non-local labourer.

SP Awantipora Zahid Malik said that immediately after the incident the targeted person, a labourer extracting sand from river near Samboora, was rescued. He had been caught hold of him and started beating him and alleging that he was a braid-cutter.

“A mob assembled near the extraction site and they too started beating him without knowing anything about the person,” Malik said adding that it is unfortunate that some miscreants are targeting innocent people in the garb of braid cutting incidents.

He said during the clashes around ten cops were injured. Sources told Kashmir Reader that several civilians were injured during clashes and four of them have been referred to Sub District hospital Pampore.

Meanwhile, the heckled person Saddam Hussain told Kashmir Reader that he has been extracting sand from river Jehlum from last one and a half month and had been putting up in a Panchayat house at Bhijibagh. He said he was employed by a local sand dealer. Police Pampore registered a case in this regard.