Watchi IED backlash: Locals allegedly beaten, four hospitalised

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Jahangeer Ganaie

Pulwama, August 02 (KNO) : Several locals including women were allegedly beaten by government forces soon after vehicle of 55 Rashtriya rifles was targeted on Watchi Darbagh road on Friday. 

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Talking to KNO, locals alleged that an hour after blast took place in the area, forces barged into many residential houses and beat up family members and ransacked other property as well.

“They even didn’t spare women and thrashed several men from nearby area of the blast site,” the locals told KNO.  “Four among us were beaten severely that they have been hospitalized,” the locals alleged. “Our fault was just that we reside near the site where the incident happened,” the locals told KNO.

Pertinently an army vehicle of 55 RR got damaged after if was targeted with an Improvised Explosive Device near Al-Saba school Watchi on Watchi – Darbagh (Shopian) road near ZahidBagh (Pulwama) on Friday at around 3 am. 

No injury or casualty was reported however vehicle suffered minor damage. An official told KNO that they have not received any complaint of thrashing from locals. “The matter will be investigated,” he told KNO.(KNO)

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