Villagers in Shopian accuse army of vandalism; army denies

Villagers in Shopian accuse army of vandalism; army denies

Meanwhile, chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the alleged beating of civilian and vandalism by army soldiers.

Scores of residents of Mochwara village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district alleged government forces of ransacking their property and beating the villagers during Wednesday night.

A local resident said that army men from the 9-Para during Wednesday night entered the village and vandalized the residential house.

“Some of the villagers were also beaten to pulp,” he said.

Another resident claimed that at least seven vehicles were completely damaged by the army men.

Defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia denied the allegation against the army and called the, ‘baseless.’ 

“None of our men is involved in any act of vandalism,” he said.

Meanwhile, chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the alleged beating of civilian and vandalism by army soldiers.  

“Is this the more humane face of forces that Govt have promised people will see at their high level meeting yesterday as reported in media?People ruthlessly beaten homes vandalised in Mashwara village of #Shopian as forces barged into their home late last night,Dozens injured!” Mirwaiz wrote on his twitter handle.