Soldiers pose as militants, beat civilians

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 13: The alleged beating of civilians and ransacking of residential houses in north and south Kashmir on Sunday night triggered massive demonstrations on Monday.
Local news agency KNS said about 20 soldiers of 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and police, masquerading as militants barged into the houses of Javid Ahmad, Muhammad Amin and Muhammad Shafi Marazi at Khawaja Sahib locality in Varmul district.
The troops without any provocation, according to the KNS, ransacked the household items and smashed windowpanes. The cries of the inmates caught the attention of their neighbors who immediately rushed to the spot and staged demonstrations against the troops who managed to escape.
The protests continued through the night and people shouted slogans from loudspeakers of the mosques.
On Monday morning, hundreds of people took to streets to protest against the “atrocities.” Shouting slogans against the Army and police, the protesters marched to Deputy Commissioner’s office. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and didn’t allow the agitators to march ahead. The protesters dispersed when the Commanding Officer of the RR unit and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Varmul assured investigation into the matter. A complete shutdown was observed in Varmul town on Monday against the incident.
Meanwhile, three women were injured when the soldiers of 42 RR severely thrashed them during a cordon-and-search operation at Largam Tral in Pulwama district on Monday, the KNS said.
The incident triggered anti-troops demonstrations with the people accusing the troops of “unleashing a reign of terror in the area.”