Clashes rock red zone area in central Kashmir’s Budgam

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Srinagar: Clashes erupted when a group of villagers assembled and pelted stones at the government forces near the spot, where an encroachment drive was going on in Soibugh village of Budgam, central Kashmir, on Wednesday.

Sources told that police was inspecting the land where they had to build a police station. “People gathered at the spot and made a noise and some even pelted stones at the police triggering clashes,” they said.

Locals said that in the afternoon heavy stone pelting erupted between army and residents in Soibugh, Budgam, as the residents alleged that agriculture land was occupied by police forces and were trying to construct the police station on that land.

Soibugh has been declared as red zone by district administration after four COVID-19 positive cases were detected in the village.

However, when contacted Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, Amod Nagpure, said: “It was government land and some people had illegally occupied it. Today police went there for anti-encroachment drive. On this there was heated argument between group of villagers and security forces. Some miscreants pelted stones, triggers the clashes and now situation is under control in the area.” (KNO)

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