Shopian June 18 : Soon after a video of a bleeding traffic cop beaten by army went viral on social media, a school bus driver was beaten by the army in Zawoora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir.
An eyewitness said besides thrashing a number of shopkeepers in Zawoora Shopian, a school bus driver identified as Gulzar Ahmed Rather, son of Mohammad Akbar Rather, a resident of Narpora Shopian was beaten up by the army personnel for no reason at all. A screen grab of the video, when students protest after army thrashed a school driver in Shopian on June 18, 2019.
As a part of the routine job, a school bus associated with Rainbow International High School was picking up the students from Zawoora area; a posse of army personnel from Shadaab Karewa Camp Shopian caught hold the driver and thrashed him badly.
In a video, viral on social media now, a student is heard saying; “our bus was parked at one side of the road, a group of army personnel suddenly appeared on the spot and started thrashing our driver without any reason, he was beaten by an iron chain resulting in grave injuries to his eye and forehand,” he said. “They even threatened us of thrashing as well, if we make any noise or inform people about the incident,” one of the students is heard saying in 1: 13-second video. In the video, it can be seen; kids were terrified and were weeping.
Following the incident, a protest demonstration was held by the students and locals demanding action against the erring army men.However, locals told that when the incident took place, many concerned departments including the police station and Tehsil office were informed but there was no action taken by them.
Earlier, a traffic cop identified as Mudasir Ahmad, a resident of Balhama Srinagar was beaten up by the Army’s 20 RR in Nowgam area of Srinagar for allowing a civilian vehicle pass close to an Army Casper. The cop has sustained grievous injuries and was subsequently evacuated to hospital for the treatment.