SRINAGAR—–Agitated people thrashed three army soldiers and set their vehicle on fire after checking their identity cards at Akhal Kangan area of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses told news agency CNS that three Territorial Army personnel traveling in a private Santro Car (JK01R-6187) were moving in a suspicious manner when a group of people stopped them and demand Identity cards from the persons on board.
They said as the Identity cards revealed that they work for Army, the agitated people mistook them as brad choppers and started thrashing them. The witnesses said that they were beaten to pulp before Army party from nearby 24 RR camp arrived on spot and fired some rounds in air to rescue them.
The army action infuriated the agitated protesters who set the Santro Car on fire. Police rushed to spot, however, people pelted stones on them, prompting them to lob tear-smoke shells.
As the news spread in Kangan town, shopkeepers downed their shutters while youth took to roads and pelted stones on government forces.
A police official wishing anonymity said that three Territorial Army personnel led by one Fareed Tenda of Wangat Kangat were on way to a house to attend a marriage ceremony when people checked their identity cards and thrashed them. He confirmed that mob set their vehicle on fire. (CNS)