Two videos, allegedly showing military personnel beating up youth and forcing them to shout anti-Pakistan slogans, are doing the rounds on social media after which the army said it would ascertain the veracity of the footage and take appropriate action.
The clips were posted just a day after another video emerged, which purportedly showed a youth tied to a jeep and being driven through Budgam by army personnel.
In one of the videos that surfaced on Saturday, four army personnel are seen catching hold of student from Pulwama degree college. They then pin him to the ground and thrash him with a cane. The Quint could not independently verify the authenticity of this clip.
In the second video, three youth who seem to be in army custody in a vehicle are forced by a soldier to abuse Pakistan and shout slogans like “Pakistan murdabad”.
“Azaadi chahiyay tum ko? ” the soldier is seen asking the youth, before slapping them and hitting them with a stick.
Blood is seen oozing from the forehead of one of the youths in the army vehicle.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the veracity of the videos is being ascertained. “Action will be taken against those found guilty of misconduct,” Col Kalia said.
It is not yet clear who shot the videos but they are being circulated across social media platforms, leading to condemnation from netizens in Kashmir.
“This is complete impunity. Yesterday human shield. Today breaking into a government college in the daylight and these brutal incidents,” a Facebook user commented on the video.