Saidpora gun-battle aftermath: Police probing ‘veracity’ of posters

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Dec 25: Police have started investigation into the posters pasted allegedly by a militant outfit LeT in Sopore town of Baramulla district in north Kashmir. The posters have threatened the two families of Saidpora village in Sopore for “providing information to police about the presence of militants in their residences” that led to killing of six militants of the outfit on December 18.
 The posters, according to police, appeared in Saidpora and its adjoining areas on Monday, urging people “not help the families whose property was damaged during the exchange of fire.”
 The posters, the police said, appeared on the letter heads of LeT and have accused the families of “taking lakhs of rupees from security agencies for providing information about the presence of militants in the area.”
 Even the posters have alleged that the family members “guided Army during the encounter.” The posters have "appealed" the villagers to “discontinue any aid which they were collecting for these two families.”
 However, the families denied the allegation, saying they too are the victims as one of their family heads died “due torture by Army in 90s.”
 Superintendent of Police (SP) Sopore Imtiyaz Hussain Mir told Greater Kashmir that they are investigating the poster matter. “We are investigating whether these posters are fake or real,” he said.
 “Any information about incident will make these families more vulnerable,” SP Imtiyaz said.
 Earlier, the pro-freedom camp including Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had appealed the people to help these families.
 On December 18, six Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants including a local Ather Dar were killed in a two-day long gun-battle between militants, Army and police. The heavy exchange of fire also left two residential houses completely damaged.
 With total damage to their residential houses, the families are presently putting up in school and Panchayat Ghar of Saidpora village.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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