Shopian residents allege thrashing, vandalism by soldiers; army denies allegations

"Resident also alleged that the army men damaged the cell phones of several villagers"
Shopian residents allege thrashing, vandalism by soldiers; army denies allegations
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The residents of Ratnipora village in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday alleged that the army vandalised the property and thrashed several locals late Thursday night.

Residents of Ratnipora village told Greater Kashmir thatarmy personnel of 34 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) laid a siege to the village, in thedead of night, and launched a door to door search operation.

They alleged that during the searches, the army men beat-upmany residents and also smashed the windscreens of their private cars.

Resident also alleged that the army men damaged the cellphones of several villagers.

However, the Army rejected the allegations.

Army's Srinagar based defence spokesman, Rajesh Kalia, toldGreater Kashmir over phone that all the allegations were baseless.

"It is an attempt to malign the army. None of our men isinvolved in such activity," Kalia said.

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