Kulgam villagers accused soldiers of vandalizing property, thrashing youth

Kulgam, Oct 17: Locals from Redwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district alleged that army soldiers went berserk in the village and damaged property worth lakhs on Tuesday night.
Locals said that the newly established camp in Redwani area has added to their hardships as the deployed soldiers in the camp every night enter into the village and they not only thrash people but also damage property belong to the locals.
While divulging information about the incident, the locals said that a column of soldiers entered into Redwani area and without any provocation started thrashing people. “The soldiers damaged over two dozen parked vehicles and after barging into the dozens of houses, smashed windowpanes, doors, refrigerators, laptops and whatever they came across,” they said.
When locals tried to object, the soldiers thrashed them mercilessly. “Dozens of people especially youth were beaten up. They suffered fracture and admitted to hospital for treatment,” they said and requested district administration to curb these unbridled soldiers who according to them have let loose a reign of terror in the area.
Srinagar based Defence Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the allegations are baseless as no soldier entered into the village and manhandled anyone. (CNS)