Govt forces ‘assault civilians, vandalise property’ in Shopian

Govt forces ‘assault civilians, vandalise property’ in Shopian
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Shopian: Government forces allegedly assaulted civilians and vandalised private property, including vehicles, at Kadgam village in Imamsahib hamlet of Shopian district Sunday night.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that the forces arrived in the dead of night and assaulted people “without any provocation.” They said that neither had there been any stone-pelting nor any protests on Sunday which could have provoked the government forces.
On Sunday, there had been clashes in parts of Shopian district after an operation conducted in Laddi village where militants escaped after a brief exchange of gunfire.
Muhammed Ismail Dar and Sheeraz Ahmad Chopan were the persons “ruthlessly” beaten up by forces, residents of Kadgam village alleged.
Muhammed Ismail told Kashmir Reader, “We were beaten without any reason. They (forces) barged into our house and beat us ruthlessly and damaged our property. There was no militant or any stranger in our house.”
He added that the clashes on Sunday took place miles away from their village.
Many villagers said that they routinely become victims of the government forces’ anger.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian Sandeep Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that he will check the facts before commenting on the allegations.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian Owais Ahmad assured that he will look into the matter.