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Posted at: May 26, 2019, 2:56 PM; last updated: May 26, 2019, 2:56 PM (IST)

Boy allegedly beaten by Army critical

Boy allegedly beaten by Army critical
Kashmiri demonstrators react during clashes with police during a protest against the killing of Zakir Rashid Bhat also known as Zakir Musa, the leader of an al Qaeda affiliated militant group in Kashmir in Srinagar on May 24, 2019. Reuters file photo

Srinagar, May 26

A large number of people took to the streets on Sunday against the alleged detention and thrashing of two boys by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district.

The protesters alleged that during demonstrations that erupted in the aftermath of militant commander Zakir Musa's killing, the Army detained some youths belonging to Dharmuna village at an Army camp.

Family members of one of the two boys handed over to them on Friday alleged that both had been ruthlessly beaten by the soldiers.

One of the injured boys, Fazil Fayaz Malik, 14, of Soibug village was referred to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and was operated for a head injury.

"He has been put on life support facility. His condition is critical," a doctor said.

Locals have also alleged that when they approached the Army camp earlier seeking the release of the detained boys, they were told that they had been handed over to the police.

A police official said that they were now holding only three boys.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told IANS that the Army was ascertaining details of the allegation and would soon come up with the facts. — IANS

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