SRINAGAR: Beating of a teacher and a few students by soldiers at a government-run winter tuition centre in Lassipora, Pulwama sparked off a demonstration.
Witnesses said the soldiers, jeered at by a group of youth outside the government high schools, where the tuition centre has been set up, entered the school premises and beat up the teacher and students.
“It was around 1:30 pm when the army men barged into the school and they entered a classroom where a teacher was delivering lesson. The soldiers were looking for some boys. The teacher objected and told them all the students present in the classroom had nothing to do with whatever happened outside,” said a teacher on the condition of anonymity.
He said the soldiers dragged the teacher, Shabir Ahmad Dar, out of the classroom and beat him up severely.
“Two of his teeth were broken. The army men also beat two students Owais Ahmed and Muzamil Ahmed who suffered injuries in arm and leg,” the teacher said.
Both the teacher and students have been discharged from hospital after treatment.
After the incident, students boycotted classes and assembled on the road to protest the army’s action. Raising anti-army slogans, students were demanding action against the erring army men.
Station house officer of Pulwama police station reached the spot and assured protesting students of an investigation into the matter and action under law against army men if found guilty.
Teachers of the school later registered a written complaint with the police, seeking registration of FIR against army men.
“Police officials have been very cooperative and have assured us they will act on our complaint,” another teacher told Kashmir Reader.
Pulwama senior superintendent of police Rayees Muhammad, however, said that nobody has approached them with any complaint against army.
“Nobody has registered any complaint with us so far. We can investigate the case and are action under law only after someone registers a written complaint,” SSP said.