Shopian: Army vandalises property, beats locals, residents allege

Srinagar

On Tuesday, residents of Saidpora Payeen of Shopian district in southern Kashmir held protests and blocked main road alleging army and paramilitary forces of vandalizing property and beating locals in the village on Monday evening.

The locals alleged that on Monday when people were heading towards masjids at the time of Iftari, forces entered into the village and started damaging the parked vehicles and throwing stones on the roofs of the houses.

They said that no local was out as people were offering Maghrib prayers.

“Some people rushed into the mosque and informed that men in uniform have run riot in the village and are damaging the property with gun butts,” a local resident informed Kashmir Life.

He further said that, people started asking for help and announcements were made on Masjid loud speakers. “Save us please, they will kill us,” were the pleas made on loudspeakers.

Before villagers assembled to stop them, forces burnt a bike and beat a few locals.

Station House Officer, Hurpora police station told Kashmir Life that he does not have information about the incident. “We will look into the matter,” he said.

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