Forces go ‘berserk’ at Wagad Tral

Infant among dozens injured, several houses ransacked

Irfan Amin Malik
Tral, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 12:31AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 1:33AM
Forces go ‘berserk’ at Wagad Tral

Government forces on Monday allegedly thrashed dozens of civilians including one-year-old Anouba Gulzar at Wagad Village of Tral Township in Pulwama district on Monday.

Anouba’s father Gulzar Ahmed Dar was detained by forces on Monday morning. “His all family members including aged parents and wife were severely beaten as they tried to save Gulzar from getting detained,” alleged locals.

Another child Wasim Ahmed Dar (11), son of Shabir Ahmed Dar was also hit by forces, they alleged. He was admitted to sub district hospital Tral.

“We received three injury cases including one child with serious abdomen trauma injury. They are undergoing treatment,” doctors at SDH Tral said.

“Forces did not even spare kids as they hit them with gun butts resulting in injuries to them,” they said. 

The incident took place on Monday morning after army vehicles were passing through the Wagad village. “As forces found the road blocked, they entered into the village and ransacked houses and smashed window panes besides damaging ambulance, private and public vehicles, motor cycles, home appliances,” locals said.

Following the incident, scores of people including men, women and children assembled on Tral-Satura highway and staged protest. 

On Sunday night, forces allegedly barged into the residence of the Hizb militant Mushtaq Ahmed Chopan and thrashed his aged father, Ghulam Ahmed Chopan.

“They (army men) not only thrashed him badly but also injured dozens of villagers,” Chopan’s family members alleged. 

Soon after the news about thrashing of Chopan’s family a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Tral, Aripal and its adjoining areas on Monday.

Inspector general of police, Kashmir range Munir Ahmed Khan denied the involvement of police in the incident.

“On Sunday, army had gone to the village for questioning father of Hizb militant Mushtaq Chopan. But locals pelted stones on army resulting in injuries to one soldier. On Monday, army visited the village and found the road blocked and later beat them (locals) up," IGP said.

Superintendent of police Awantipora, Muhammad Zahid Malik said “I will look into the issue. I also want people not to take law in their own hands by blocking roads,” he said.