Shopkeepers thrashed in Bandipore amid shutdown

BANDIPORE: People in north Kashmir’s Bandipora town Friday alleged that army personnel from a local unit went on rampage and beat civilians and shopkeepers to pulp without any provocation.

The town had observed a shutdown against arrest of some youth for the second consecutive day on Friday. 

A shopkeeper from the town said that during late hours Army personnel beat up some shopkeepers without any provocation. 

“They beat us and the passersby as well. They hit us weapons and kicked us mercilessly,” he said adding that highhandedness of Army was on rise in the town.

The shopkeepers assembled in Main Chowk Bandipora and as a mark of protest did not open their shops. All the shops and business establishments remained closed while transport was off the roads.

Meanwhile, villagers from Aytmulla Bandipora staged protests and demanded release of a youth Muhammad Arif who had been arrested by police for his alleged involvement in stone-pelting incidents in the town.

A top police official said that after counseling, they released all the youth.  

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