Tral: Vandalism by army in Mandoora village of Tral in Pulwama district on Saturday sparked protests with people blocking roads and disrupting vehicular movement for several hours.
Locals told Greater Kashmir that army assaulted a shopkeeper without any provocation and damaged several vehicles.
Dozens of people assembled on the road alleged that on Saturday afternoon army soldiers from 42 Rashtriya Rifles barged into a shop and thrashed a shopkeeper on the pretext of a years old graffiti on his shop.
“They were brutal with him,” said a protester, adding that the soldiers later entered into the village and vandalized private vehicles.
As per locals, army damaged parked vehicles and even hurled stones on residential houses. “We made announcements from the masjid seeking help. Before villagers assembled to stop them, the army fled,” they said.Police officials rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters. They assured investigation into the matter.
SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid Malik said a team of police rushed to the spot to ascertain the matter.
An army official however refuted the public statements saying that no soldier was involved in any ransacking or thrashing. “There was some heating debate between army and a shopkeeper on a graffiti following which locals resorted to stone pelting. The matter was immediately resolved,” he said.