Men, women, children roughed; Army denies charges
PULWAMA: Protesters attacked private vehicles carrying Indian Army men from 55 RR with stones, when one of their vehicles hit a child in Pathan hamlet of South Kashmirs Pulwama district.
According to the sources, government forces had launched a crackdown in Talangam area of the district on Thursday night after they received information about the presence of militants there. The search operations that continued the entire night in the area was extended to other adjoining areas after suspected militants reportedly fired upon a group of Army men to break the cordon.
To nab the militants, reinforcement was called out from Lasipora based 55 RR camp, a police officer told Kashmir Observer. As the reinforcement was on way towards Talangam, near Pathan hamlet a child came running and was hit by a vehicle carrying reinforcement party. This irritated people who pelted stones on the forces vehicles. The Army charged the protesters with canes.
The child identified as Faizan Bashir was rushed to hospital. His condition is stated to be stable.
The locals alleged that Army men resorted to tear-smoke shelling and roughed up people including females, children and elderly people.
The charge was, however, refuted by an Army official.
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