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Kashmir police start probe into YouTube video showing stripping, beating of teenagers

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, January 09, 2013
First Published: 19:47 IST(9/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:49 IST(9/1/2013)

The state police on Wednesday started an investigation into the veracity of a video clip showing policemen stripping two teenagers apparently in a police station in north Kashmir's Baramulla district and thrashing them ruthlessly.

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The police lodged an FIR on Wednesday in Baramulla police station just a day after the video was uploaded on the social networking site YouTube.

Within hours, the video went viral on other social networking sites too with people expressing anger over the ruthless thrashing. The video has attracted more than a 1600 hits in a shot span of time.

Many micro-blogging site, Twitter, users following chief minister Omar Abdullah forwarded the clip to him for his immediate response.

"A case has been registered to do a through investigation into it. We will see if the video was uploaded with some criminal intent. Those who uploaded the video will be identified," Srinagar zonal police headquarters' spokesman told the Hindustan Times.

The police suspect that the video may be of year 2010, when policemen and protesters engaged in pitched street protests for five months.

The trouble started after a schoolboy was killed on June 11, 2010 in a police action in Srinagar's downtown area. The incident snowballed into major street uprising for five months, which left 113 persons dead.

The 2:15 minute video clip, titled 'Kashmir: Indian militiamen assault detained Kashmiri teenagers', shows two teenagers being stripped and beaten up with batons and rubber belt. Around a dozen cops witnessing the stripping and beating, including a senior officer. The two teenagers keep pleading before the police personnel of not being guilty.

"The veracity of the video will be cross checked. The investigation will also identify the boys shown in the clip," said the police spokesman. The police are also mulling to pull down the video from the site.

The video is purportedly shot inside the Baramulla police.

The video has come as a major dent to image-makeover exercise being carried by the police in the valley for the past two years.

From music shows to cricket tournaments, the police started engaging the youth since 2011. The move was made to channelize the youths' energy and also to improve the police's acceptability within the masses.


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