Residents here in Chandaji village of Bandipora on Monday barged into the army camp when soldiers pounded over two persons, who according to locals were looking after their sheep.
According to villagers, two persons identified as Manzoor Ahmed S/o Wilayat Khan and Azam S/o Muhammad Ashraf were beaten to the pulp by soldiers in the camp established in the village a week ago.
Both the persons were returning back along with a herd of sheep as they reached near the camp, few sheep ventured inside the camp which infuriated soldiers. Both the persons were beaten to a pulp, when they sought permission to retrieve the sheep from inside the camp, locals quote victims saying.
As the news of beating the duo reached to other parts of the village, residents barged into the camp however officer in charge in the camp avoided the incident after apologizing to the villagers.
Chandaji is village over 15 Kilometers away from Bandipora town known for its pristine forest. The village has over 140 households.
According to witness, the villagers raised slogans inside the camp, staged sit-in till a higher officer from Sonarwani base reached the spot who after ‘negotiations’ with residents pacified the situation.
The villagers later lodged the complaint in Pethkoot Police station. When contacted, Station In-charge Police Station Pethkoot told Rising Kashmir that they have received a complaint from Chandaji villager who had alleged army of beating two persons.
“The issue has been sorted out with the villagers, now they have no grievances” Officer said.
Meanwhile, local residents in the village have appealed authorities to dislocate the camp which was installed in the center of the village. They complained that the establishment of the camp in the village has led to the pollution of pristine water resource feeding over 60 villages down the line.