Protests in Ganderbal against ‘vandalisation’ by army

Protests in Ganderbal against ‘vandalisation’ by army
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‘Troops beat up a family, vandalised house, in Alesteng’

Ganderbal: Residents of Warpoh Alesteng area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district Thursday alleged that army went on rampage in the village during the night, beating up a family and picking up three men, before releasing them in a critical condition.
The villagers staged a protest on Thursday against army and alleged that the soldiers entered into the village around 3 am on Wednesday night and ransacked the property without any provocation.
They said troops entered the residential house of one Abdul Gani Raina son of Ghulam Ahmad Raina, beat the family members and damaged household goods.
“They even picked up three family members from the house and later released them in critical condition at Tengpora Bypass where some locals took them to SKIMS Soura for treatment,” the protestors said.
“It was a nightmare for us. The unbridled soldiers barged into our house smashed windowpanes, inverter, kitchenware, television set and other items,” said Abida, daughter in-law of Abdul Gani.
She alleged that armymen attacked everyone in the house and damaged everything that came in their way.
“We will never forget this night though my life. The soldiers treated us like cattle and dragged us from our houses. They thrashed us, abused us and vandalized our house,” she said.
According to villagers, Government forces on Sunday afternoon launched a cordon and search operation around Warpoh and adjoining Bakoora village following inputs about presence of militants in the area.
They said that there were no protests or clashes during the day in the village and that the army action was unprovoked.
Demanding stern action against the soldiers involved, the residents said the police must register FIR against army persons involved in the act.
SSP Ganderbal Mohummad Khalil Poswal said that the police has received a complaint from locals.
“We have taken cognizance, we will ensure genuine legal action, that is the priority,” Poswal said.