Protests in Banihal against thrashing of youth on highway

Inhabitants of Chareel in Banihal Monday protested against the alleged army highhandedness on Jammu Srinagar National Highway.

The army personnel Monday morning allegedly thrashed a local car driver identified as Junaid while he was overtaking an army convoy vehicle en route Jammu from Srinagar.

“Army men stopped the car and started beating Junaid, soon after the incident locals assembled and held massive protests,” a local resident said.

Men, women and children came on the highway and blocked the vehicular traffic by sitting on dharna.

They were raising slogans against harassment on the highway. The protestors alleged that the forces and army have unleashed “reign of terror” on the highway. They complained that the ordeal started since civilian traffic was banned by the government

The protestors alleged that army men are regularly harassing the villagers and locals on the highway.

Police and civil officers rushed to the spot for pacifying the protestors.

The protestors impressed upon civil and police officers that they were compelled to come on the highway against the army highhandedness. The officials pacified the protestors and assured them they won’t be harassed in future.

SSP Ramban Anita Sharma said a case under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Banihal against army men who were involved in beating Junaid.