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Thrashing of Territorial Army men: 18 people arrested including the main conspirators, claims Police

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Srinagar: The Police in a statement on Saturday said that they have arrested 18 people in the case related to the thrashing of three territorial army men in Sheeri area of Baramulla on October 18.

“On October 18, Police Station Sheeri received an information that a violent unruly mob have caught hold of three Territorial Army men assaulting them mercilessly with an intention to kill them. Thereafter, a Police Party rushed to the spot and after strenuous efforts rescued the Army men in injured condition who were given immediate medical treatment, “the statement said.

The Police claimed that a ‘notorious’ stone pelter had boarded the same bus which the Territorial Army men were on. He hatched a conspiracy to kill them by falsely accusing them of being braid choppers.

“A case FIR No 48 of 2017 under sections of 307, 148, 149 RPC was registered in Police Station Sheeri. During investigation it surfaced that the three Territorial Army men were on board a passenger vehicle to withdraw money from ATM in Sheeri market and get the search lights repaired. They had boarded the passenger vehicle at Kitchama and from the same spot a notorious stone pelter Qaiser Bilal Bhat, a resident of Zoogiyar also boarded the same passenger bus. The said person hatched a conspiracy to get Army men killed by falsely accusing them as braid choppers. He raised hue and cry near Sheeri Market, and got a violent mob assembled which attacked the Army men,” the statement added.

The statement also informed that so far 18 accused including the main conspirators in the case have been arrested and looted cash, ATM cards and mobile phones have been recovered from them.

Police, in the statement also said that some elements have been raising alarm in the ‘so called braid chopping’ cases to ‘disturb peace, to create animosity between people and security forces and to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty so that women are confined to their homes’.

“People are requested not to pay heed to any rumours and help the Police to create conducive and peaceful atmosphere and give confidence to our women to overcome the fear psychosis,” the statement concluded.

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