Baramulla: Residents of Laser village of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district staged a protest on Saturday after two local youth were allegedly thrashed by armymen for not casting votes in Thursday elections.
Locals said that large number of people including women from Laser village took to the streets on Saturday. They said that army men had brutally beaten and injured two local boys after finding that they had not cast their votes in parliament elections.
They said that Tariq Ahmad Rather and Adil Ahmad Rather were on way to nearby village in their car when personnel from 32RR Watergam camp stopped them, checked their fingers and questioned why they had not cast their votes in parliament elections. “The boys told them that they were outside the town so that they couldn’t cast their votes”.
The protestors alleged that army men damaged their car, tore their clothes and thrashed both of them. They were shifted to nearby hospital wherefrom Tariq was shifted to SKIMS in a critical condition while Adil was said to be stable.
The protestors shouted slogans against India and army and blocked the Baramulla-Kupwara road for some time.
Laser is a small village in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district, however it falls in police district Sopore.
Police said they have register a case under relevant act and investigation started.