Srinagar: Police sprayed pepper on an eight month old toddler and beat up the father Mudasir mercilessly after he tried to intervene as police ransacked their home, said Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Taking to twitter, Mirwaiz wrote, “8 month old toddler pepper sprayed, her father Mudasir mercilessly beaten when he intervened as police ransack their home yesterday without any provocation and target the family of slain Rayees sofi of Fateh Kadal ! Such incidents of pre planned harassment and repression of civilians show there is a deliberate ploy to incite youth further and push them to retaliate violently.”
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