Shopian villagers accuse soldiers of assault, army says they are lying

Shopian villagers accuse soldiers of assault, army says they are lying
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SHOPIAN: Residents of Ahgam village in Shopian district on Wednesday held a protest alleging that army soldiers ruthlessly beat up three persons of the village without any reason. They said the assault took place early in the morning when soldiers asked youth about the firing incident that took place in the area late Tuesday night.
Villagers said that beating, harassing and intimidating people is what the army does routinely. They said that army soldiers often fire gunshots themselves and later ask villagers about the firing. “How will villagers know about the firing?” a villager asked.
Villagers said that Muhammad Rafiq Lone, son of Muhammad Ashraf Lone, was so badly beaten by the soldiers that he is now admitted to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar. The brother of the injured youth told Kashmir Reader that his brother was beaten by soldiers when he went to his orchard where soldiers were already present.
An elderly villager said, “We are not able to go to our orchards because the soldiers always remain present there. They continuously harass us without any reason. For the past 20 years no militant has come to our village.”.
Another villager said that the soldiers threatened, “Let Ramzan go, we will see all of you.”
An army official denied that any soldier beat up civilians in Ahgan village. “No soldier beat any villager. These people are lying,” he said.