Forces ‘go berserk’ in Lassipora

Forces ‘go berserk’ in Lassipora
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PULWAMA: Army soldiers on Tuesday allegedly went berserk in Lassipora village of Pulwama beating residents without provocation. The villagers said four people from the village were also detained.
Residents said the assault came a day after a police post in industrial area (SIDCO) was attacked by suspected militants.
Villagers alleged that around 5:30pm on Tuesday troopers of 55 RR from nearby Lasipora garrison appeared in the village and started thrashing and assaulting people.
“They beat everyone who came in their way. They stopped us when we were on way from work and beat us ruthlessly without any reason,” an elderly man from the village said.
Villagers said the forces detained four persons and snatched mobile phones of several people.
Head of village Awkaf committee, Gazi Muhammad told Kashmir Reader that forces beat people without any reason. “They first beat us including village head, imam of Masjid and then arrested four persons and snatched identity cards and mobile phones of several persons,” he said.
Villagers said that when the villagers resisted the assault by protesting, the forces fired tear smoke and pava shells to disperse them.
“After assaulting us they tried to make us blind with pellets and smoke shells. The toxic smell caused by the chilly shells is not letting villagers to stay at their houses,” a villager said.
Numberdar Javid Ahmad also said that four persons from the village were detained by the forces.
Station House Officer (SHO) Lasipora told Kashmir Reader that no complaint was received by the station from the village.
“If anything had happened there, they (villagers) can file a complaint in the station and we will see,” he said.
Srinagar based Defense spokesperson of army, Col. Rajesh Kalia denied the allegations. “None of our soldier was involved in any kind of misbehavior or beating people in the village,” he said.