Mehbooba Accuses Army Of Thrashing Civilians In Tral

Police Says ‘Miscommunication Caused Commotion’

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday accused army of ransacking houses and thrashing members of a family in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a charge strongly contested by police.

Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) chief hit out at the army for allegedly beating the civilians in the village.

“Army from Yagwani camp in Tral ransacked homes & ruthlessly thrashed a family last night. The daughter owing to her serious injuries was admitted to hospital. Not the first time that civilians from this village have been beaten up by army in this area @ChinarcorpsIA @adgpi” Mehbooba posted on her official Twitter handle.

Disputing Mehbooba’s claims, a senior police officer told Kashmir Observer that the incident took place between 8:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday when a patrolling unit of army zeroed in on a suspected  house and questioned some people.

“It was a miscommunication. The army was questioning the suspects in the house when their relatives including the female members raised objection,” the officer said, adding that “in the commotion, a lady fainted but she is doing fine.”

The police officer also said that no arrests were made during the searches as the police arrived at the spot and pacified people.

Meanwhile, a video from the family alleging Army of beating them ruthlessly and ransacking their property has gone viral on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.

"Govt forces ransacked my property and beat my whole family ruthlessly and injured my daughter Ishrat Jaan and now she is admitted at SD Hospital Tral", a man identifying himself as Ali Mohammad Chopan from Seer village is heard saying in the video.

Lt Col Emron Musavi, PRO Defence, Srinagar didn't respond to calls from this reporter. As and when he responds the story will be updated.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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