Aripanthan residents accuse police of resorting to indiscriminate shelling

KL News Network

Srinagar

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The residents of Aripanthan in Beerwah area of Budgam district Friday alleged of police highhandedness and said that the police and crpf fired tear smoke and pava shells inside their homes.

Speaking to Kashmir Life over phone, a local resident said, “At around 3 pm today, some youth were holding protest demonstration on the call of resistance leadership against the issuance of domicile certificates to WPRs.”

Within fifteen minutes, he said, a contingent of Police and Para-Military forces appeared on the scene and started chasing the protesters.

However, he said, police could not arrest any youth and were booed by the protesters.

Irritated by the youths’ behaviour, police, he said, went berserk and started shelling in the village indiscriminately.

“They barged into houses and shot teargas, pepper and pava shells,” he alleged.

“This caused immense problems to the elderly and ill people,” he said, “The shelling was so intense that the villagers had to leave the houses and could return after several hours when the impact of smoke had diminished.”

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