Army ‘thrashes’ students protesting against Kathua rape & murder

The army allegedly beat up two youth who were protesting against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Sogam area of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwor district.

People including students and women took to streets against thrashing of two students allegedly by the army at Badibera on Monday.

The protesting people said that army men beat two students while they were protesting at Badibera against the brutal rape-and-murder of 8-year-old.

The students were also demanding transport facility during the peak hours, they said. Both the students were taken to hospital where one of them was discharged after first aid, they said.

Station house officer told a local news wire that during the student protest at Badibera, some miscreants hurled stones at the army vehicles including an army ambulance of 28 RR carrying a patient, which resulted in a clash.

In the incident, a student Nasir Sajad Mir received minor injuries and was hospitalized, he said, adding that window panes of army ambulance were smashed due to stone pelting.

The police officer said the students were demanding justice for Asifa and transport facility in their area during school hours. The situation was brought under control later, he added.

An army spokesman based in Kupwor said soldiers escorting the army ambulance was targeted with stones when students stopped them and pelted stones despite requests from the officers and soldiers to allow them.

The officer, however, denied beating students and said that the person suffered injuries in stone pelting.

Block Medical Officer, Sogam Dr Firdous told a local news agency owing to his head injuries, one student was referred to Handwara hospital for medical examinations including the CT scan. However he said condition of the student was stable.