Indian Army thrashe, beat up brothers during search operation in north Kashmir Handwara

Srinagar, November 16, 2015: In another human rights violation, two brothers Shah Faisal and Imtiyaz Ahmad  were injured after the Indian army personnel thrashed them during a search and cordon operation in Rajpora Zachildara  in Handwara town.
Indian troops of 21 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) along with Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel cordoned off the Rajpora Zachildara area  on Monday morning and then searched it. After the search was over, the indian troops reportedly held one 21- year old Shah Faisal,  who was returning home.
Locals said that while Faisal was being tortured by the men in uniform, his elder brother Imtiyaz Ahmad rushed to his help. “But the Indian troops beat Imtiyaz too. While Faisal’s arm was fractured, Imtiyaz has internal injuries,” they said. Later, a group of villagers were prevented from filing a compliant at the local police station.
The news spread in the town, triggering massive anti-India protests. The protesters were demanding stringent action against the guilty personnel
Meanwhile Indian forces and police personnel have been searching passenger and private vehicles on several major routes of north Kashmir for the past one month, .
The forces ask the passengers to get down from vehicles and, after checking their I-cards, make them walk a few paces before they board the vehicles again. At some places, people are made to walk between 200 and 400 metres.
Such searches are now common on Srinagar-Baramlla, Srinagar-Kupwara and Bandipora-Srinagar roads.
Several people spoke and  said  that the Indian forces also search hand bags of women and schoolbags of girl students.
A schoolgirl from Rafiabad, wishing anonymity, said that a group of Indian troops forced her to lift her Burka near Seelu, Sopore two days ago but she refused.