Army Accused Of Vandalizing Property In Kulgam

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Kulgam—Residents of Bugam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district Tuesday alleged that forces unleashed “terror” in the village on Monday night. According to them, soldiers damaged property worth lakhs and even picked up 7 youths from the village.

 “It was a nightmare for us. The unbridled soldiers barged into houses, smashed television sets, computers, refrigerators, windowpanes and other items. They damaged parked vehicles and thrashed people irrespective of age and gender,” a villager told CNS over phone.

The villagers said that soldiers attacked everyone and damaged everything that came in their way. “We will forget this night. The soldiers treated us like cattle and dragged us from our houses. They thrashed us, abused us and vandalized our houses,” they said.

According to villagers, some youth pelted stones on an army party on Monday evening in the village. After few hours of the incident, army soldiers brandishing sticks and weapons entered into the houses and created fear psychosis.

The villagers staged a protest on Tuesday and displayed the damaged property before the reporters.

When contacted a police official said that an FIR vide number 194/2017 under section 147, 148, 149, 332, 336 RPC has been registered against the unknown stone-pelters. “Army handed over 7 youths from Bugam village to us. They are charging them of stone-pelting,” the police official said adding investigation has been taken up.

Geelani said that prevailing uncertainty in state and unrealistic approach of authorities is the basic cause of human tragedy and it is the reason that youth are losing their precious lives. “Authorities are responsible for this horrendous situation, said Geelani and added that occupant authorities are adamant to carry forward this situation and prolong this unauthorised occupation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen and Lashkar-e-Taiba Tuesday paid rich tributes to three militants who were killed in a gunfight in Kandi Aglar area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday night.

Hizb Chief Syed Salahuddin said that the flowing blood in Kashmir from past seven decades will show its colour one day. “The sun of freedom will set in and the sacred blood of the martyrs will not go waste,” Salahuddin wrote to local news agency CNS.

He also paid rich tribute to militant Moazum-u-Din and Muhammad Akram who were killed in a gunfight in Uri sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Mahmood Shah, the LeT Chief, in a press communiqué to CNS said that the freedom fighters will win their freedom with their very own blood. “Allah has promised glad tidings for such sacrifices. We are in a firm belief that Allah will soon bless us with the freedom,” he said.

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