Kashmir: Legislator Rasheed leads protest against alleged army high-handedness in Handwara village
AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday led a protest march against the army in a village in Handwara area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district against the alleged ransacking of houses and beating up of inmates in cricketers.
In a statement, Rasheed said that thousands of people, including women and children carried out a huge protest march against the "ransacking of homes, beating up of inmates and cricket-playing youth in Sarmarag village of Handwara on the day of Eid by Army and SOG personnel."
"Army men of the 6 RR along with SOG cops pounced on the secluded hamlet Sarmarag on Eid afternoon, beat up the passersby, ransacked homes and thrashed inmates. They rammed into the village playground where youth of Sarmarag and adjoining villages were playing cricket. They were beaten ruthlessly and their cell phones snatched."
Rasheed said that the villagers sent him an SOS call after the alleged army action.
"Speaking to the protesters, amid anti-Army and pro-resistance slogans, Rasheed warned New Delhi of dire consequences if it doesn't mend its ways," said the statement.
"Let the Home Minister explain if ransacking the homes of civilians without any reason was the real message, or the Eid video message of him?" he asked. "The way security forces beat up youth and fired dozens of rounds to disperse the protesters is condemnable. Let the police prove its loyalty to the law and take stern and time-bound action against the goons in uniform," he demanded.
Later, Er Rasheed lodged a complaint with the Police Station Zachaldara and also spoke to the senior police and civil officers asking them to register an FIR against the Army and SOG involved in the incident, "or face the public wrath."