Villagers hold policemen, civilians hostage

Anantnag: Half a dozen people, including two policemen, were held hostage for about an hour-and-a-half in Shangus village of Anantnag district on Wednesday, after their movement in the area was found so suspicious that they were thought to be braid-choppers.
The hostages were freed after some senior police officials reached the spot and negotiated with the villagers.
According to reports, people in Shangus caught hold of the men who were travelling in two Tata Sumo vehicles at about 6 PM. The locals alleged that one more Tata Sumo escaped with some men on board, after the villagers chased them.
The hostages were tied down and beaten by the villagers, sources said.
“They were making rounds of the village in suspicious circumstances. They had made more than three rounds through the day, which made people suspicious,” a local source told Kashmir Reader.
The people of Shangus alleged that the men were carrying multiple number plates in their vehicles and upon questioning, they could not explain the purpose of their visit.
“They provided different reasons for their visits upon being questioned separately,” the locals alleged.
The locals also alleged that the police were getting these persons acquainted with the area so that they would come in the night and commit “braid-chopping”.
The hostages were released at 8 PM after senior police officials pacified the villagers.
A senior police official in Shangus told Kashmir Reader that the policemen had gone into the village to investigate a kidnapping case.
“They were accompanied by the complainants in the case. The allegations levelled by the villagers are baseless. It took us some time to convince the villagers and make them free,” the official said.