Late-night assault carried out after IED blast injured 9 army men
Anantnag: Seven women were among fifteen people who had to be hospitalised, with grievous injuries, after army personnel allegedly assaulted them late Thursday night in Triczal village of Pulwama district, residents of Triczal and a doctor at Pulwama district hospital said.
The army men attacked the villagers after nine of their men were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, planted by militants, on Triczal Bridge located over the Pulwama-Lassipora road.
The blast, followed by firing by militants, took place at about 9:15 PM Thursday, creating widespread panic in the village and adjoining areas, including in Pulwama town.
“It was a night patrol of the army, a Casper vehicle, which came under attack and was heavily damaged. Nine army personnel sustained injuries in the attack,” a police official told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the injured army men were evacuated to the nearby army hospital, soon after the militants fled the area. Later, at least two of them were airlifted to the army’s base hospital in Srinagar.
Villagers said that late on Thursday night, army men entered many houses in the village and beat up whosoever came their way.
“Women, young girls, children, they did not spare anyone,” a villager told Kashmir Reader, adding that the women and girls were dragged around and beaten mercilessly.
The army men, villagers added, ransacked the village and kept beating the villagers for more than three hours.
“No police was to be seen anywhere and repeated calls to police and district administration brought no respite,” villagers said.
They said that the army men used foul language with the women of the village while beating them and dragging them around in their houses and outside.
“Parked cars, windowpanes, doors and everything that came their way was smashed by the army men,” the villagers alleged. “What was our fault?” they asked.
The injured were shifted to Pulwama district hospital in the wee hours of Friday morning, only after the army left the village.
A doctor at the hospital said 15 injured were brought to the facility.
“Seven of them were women. They had cuts, bruises and injuries inflicted due to dragging and beating,” the doctor told Kashmir Reader, adding that all of the injured were treated at the hospital.
He said that all of them were now stable.
Police have maintained that there has been no formal complaint regarding the incident. “Formally, no such complaint has been lodged with us. Still, if there is any such complaint we will look into it,” Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told reporters in Srinagar.
Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said that facts were being ascertained regarding the incident.