Budgam villagers accuse army of ransacking houses, thrashing inmates


Residents of Devos Khaipora hamlet putting up in the foothills of Pir Panchal mountain range in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday alleged that the army ransacked their houses and thrashed the inmates without any provocation.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir on phone from the area, the residents alleged that army men from a nearby camp barged into their locality and smashed the window panes and thrashed the inmates.
“Late Thursday night there were rumors that braid choppers are roaming in our area. Announcements were made on public address system asking people to come out of their homes. As we moved out to chase the unknown men, some of the youth clashed with army troopers present outside the village,” said a resident, alleging that the army men fled after spotting them.
“They (army) returned late at night and ransacked our houses,” he said.
A senior police officer told Greater Kashmir that locals have informed police about the incident.
He said an army patrolling party was pelted with stones in the area last night.
“An investigation has been launched in this regard," he added.
However, Srinagar-based defense spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia denied the allegations.
“Army personnel are not involved in any damage to property or ransacking of houses in the area,” he said.

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