Locals accuse Army of harassment in Pulwama

Locals from scores of hamlets of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district have alleged that Army soldiers from 44 Rashtriya Rifles not only thrashed the people during Sehri hours but also snatched identity cards asking them to report at the Army Camp.

Reports said that soldiers stopped everyone who were approaching towards mosque to offer morning prayers and snatched identity cards from them.  Locals from Payengund, Dangarpora, Pawnichek, Hajan Rajpora and Chandpora said they were not only thrashed and abused but their identity cards were also snatched. “We were asked to report at the Army camp. They did it to punish the people who celebrated the Pakistan’s victory over Indian cricket team,” said a youth wishing not to be named.

There were celebrations all around in the district on Sunday evening. Large number of people amid pro-freedom slogans hit to roads and set fire crackers in air.

“Now they (Army) will assault us physically and mentally in the camp. We have no option but to visit the camp and face humiliation because they are in possession of our identity cards,” said an elderly man.

Despite repeated attempted Srinagar based Defense spokesperson could not be contacted

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