#Day34: Hardushiva and Pazalpora Villagers Face Army ‘Wrath’



One of the injured in army action in Hardishiva admitted to SD Hospital Sopore. (KL Image: Muhammad Younis)
One of the injured in army action in Hardishiva admitted to SD Hospital Sopore. (KL Image: Muhammad Younis)

Locals of Hardushiva and Pazalpora located in the outskirts of North Kashmir’s Sopore town on Wednesday alleged that army went berserk in the twin villages.

22 RR camp is located in Pazalpora.

The villagers alleged that army men beat dozens of youths.

“We went to play ground for volleyball match,” a local resident said, “when the match finished, some youths raised pro-Pakistan and pro-Burhan slogans while some youth pelted stones on the nearby army camp.”

The incident comes at a time when rumours are doing rounds that Indian army as given the task to “restore law and order in Kashmir”.

Only Wednesday morning, army went to shopkeepers around Badambagh Cantonment in Srinagar and asked them to open shops. This, despite the fact, that the united resistance leadership had asked people to observe complete shutdown.

Another youth of Hardushiva said, “Army went heavily on locals in twin villages and ruthlessly beat everyone including aged women.”

He further said some persons received “grievous injuries that they were shifted to a nearby medical shop for treatment.

The locals identified five persons: Wasif Nabi, Fayaz Ahmad (mentally disturbed), Bashir Ahmad Wani, Ghulam Hassan and Firdous Ahmad who were injured and later shifted to hospital for treatment as “army broke their arms and other parts of the body”.

Apprehensive of army backlash, locals refused to comment over the incident saying, “army will read the story after which they will come and again beat us.”

Sources said that the army major based in the camp has issued a diktat to the locals “to not move outside after 8 pm”.

To know its version, defence spokesperson Col N N Joshi didn’t respond to phone repeated calls.

(The details of the news item were shared by Saleem Qadri, a reporter with India Blooms New Service Kolkata.)

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