People protest in Sogam against thrashing of two students allegedly by army

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Srinagar, April 15 : People including students and women protested at Sogam in Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday against thrashing of two students allegedly by the army at Badibera earlier in the day.

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 Asifa Bano of Rasana Kathua.

The students were also demanding transport facility during the peak hours, they said.

Both the students were hospitalized, they said.

Station House Officer (SHO) concerned told GNS 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 into an altercation.

In the incident, a student Nasir Sajad Mir received minor injuries and was hospitalised, he said, adding that window panes of army ambulance broke 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 Kupwara said soldiers escorting the army ambulance were on way to Kupwara when students stopped them and pelted stones on them despite requests from the officers and soldiers to allow them.

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

Block Medical Officer, Sogam Dr Firdous told GNS that the student was treated upon by the doctors.

Stating the condition of the student is stable, BMO said that owing to his head injuries, the student was later referred to Handwara hospital for medical examinations including the CT Scan. (GNS)