Kulgam villagers accuse soldiers of vandalizing property, thrashing youth

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Kulgam: 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 belonging 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 window-panes, doors, refrigerators, laptops and whatever they came across,” they said.

They said that when locals tried to object, the soldiers thrashed them mercilessly.

“Dozens of people especially youth were beaten up. They suffered fracture and were 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 Defense Spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia told news agency CNS that the allegations are baseless as no soldier entered into the village and manhandled anyone. (CNS)

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