Army goes ‘berserk’ in south Kashmir’s Shopian village

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A man allegedly thrashed by the soldiers at Mashwad village undergoing treatment at Rajpora hospital

Shopian: Residents of Mashwad village here on Wednesday accused army of assaulting a dozen villagers, damaging property including, parked vehicles and bikes in the village.

Around 11:30 last night, an army team without any reason allegedly forced their entry into the houses and ‘thrashed’ inmates, locals of Mashwad told Kashmir Reader. Due to the beating, they said, many villagers sustained serious injuries.

“Army went berserk. The soldiers not only beat people but also damaged cars and bikes in the village that has no record of stone pelting,” Muhammad Ayoub, a local told Kashmir Reader.

Ayoub, who is son of village Numberdar Ali Mohammad Shah, also charged army of breaking down window panes of several houses.

The injured have been identified as Rayees Ahmad Shah, Gowhar Ahmad Shah, Altaf Hussain Shah, Showkat Ahmad Shah, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Parvaiz Hussain Shah, Amir Hussain and Muhammad Ayoub Shah.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian, Dr Jaffar Akhoon told Kashmir Reader that nine injured persons allegedly assaulted by the army were brought to Rajpora hospital of Pulwama for treatment.

“We referred many of them to SMHS Srinagar for advanced treatment,” Akhoon said.

Srinagar based army spokesman, Colonial Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that the allegations levelled by locals were baseless.

“None of our solider are involved in any kind of manhandling, assault and damaging public property in the village,” he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, Sandeep Choudary told Kashmir Reader that a delegation of villagers from Mashwad was heading towards his office.”

“The villagers are coming to meet me. I will verify the allegations,” he said.