Troops arrest 3 youth, vandalise property in Kulgam area

Srinagar, August 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested three youth and vandalized property in Bhan area of Kulgam district.

The troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area and conducted door-to-door searches. People took to the streets and clashed with the troops.

Locals told media over the phone that the India Army entered into the Jamia Masjid of the area and made announcements on loudspeakers asking people to come out from their houses and gather at the ground of the local shrine.

They said that the army personnel thrashed people, vandalize property and arrested three youth. The arrested youth were identified as Fasil Bashir, Fasil Nazir and Amir Hussain Butt. They said that the army men smashed the windowpanes of residential houses and cars in the area.

“The army men targeted every parked vehicle. They smashed windowpanes and thrashed people irrespective of their age,” a local from Kulgam told media over phone.

A woman suffered injuries due to torture by the soldiers when she tried to resist the arrest of her son.

A senior police officer from the area said that they had received the complaint about the incident and were investigating it.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum in a statement in Srinagar denounced troops’ action of thrashing people and vandalising property in the area.

He also expressed concern over the flood in Kerala state of India where over 300 people have died, lakhs have been rendered homeless and property worth millions of rupees has been destroyed.

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