Strike In Kulgam Over Laru, 3 Cops Suspended

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SRINAGAR: Even as the government on Monday suspended three cops, including a station house officer (SHO) over the incident, the southern town of Kulgam remained shut down for the second day on Monday against a midnight police raid in the Laru area to nab five persons, two of them women, reportedly in a case involving a property dispute.

Protests had broken out in the village on Sunday after overnight clashes with the police against alleged violence and excesses on locals during the raid.

Locals had accused the police of molesting womenfolk and ransacking their homes while making the arrests.

Today, the deputy commissioner for the Kulgan district placed three policemen under suspension and ordered an inquiry by the additional development commissioner which is to submit its report within 15 days.

An official statement said that the locals ended their strike after the deputy commissioner visited the area and assured action against the police personnel involved in the raid. 

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