Photo: Indian Army human rights violations in Kashmir, Kupwara (Oct 2016)
Bandipora: In response to a stone-pelting incident, Indian Army personnel from India’s 13 Rashtriya Rifles Wednesday thrashed pedestrians, damaged property and ransacked houses in twin villages of Vijpara and Shahgund in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Locals informed news agency CNS that an army patrolling party was passing through Shahgund village of Hajin town when some youth hurled stones on them. According to locals, the army patrolling party sought reinforcement and as soon as they were joined by another party, they went on rampage in the village.
The army personnel targeted the adjoining Vijpara village as well. Locals said that no pedestrian was spared and beaten to pulp. “They (Army) barged into houses and ransacked them. The army men damaged the parked vehicles and broke the window panes of the houses. They unleashed a reign of terror in our villages and even didn’t spare elderly people and female folk,” said locals.
Refuting the allegations, Srinagar based Defense spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that Army didn’t indulge in ransacking of house. “No civilian was manhandled and no vehicle or property was damaged,” he said. (CNS)