The family members of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger on Wednesday accused the government forces of vandalising their house and thrashing them during a search operation on Tuesday night in Awantipora township of Pulwama district.
They alleged that the forces barged into their house in Dogripora village and ransacked household items.
"They (the government forces) also thrashed three brothers of Lateef Tiger, namely Gulzar Ahmad Dar, Nadeem Ahmad Dar and Zubair Ahmad Dar, and three of his neighbours Mohammad Azhar Ud Din, Bilal Ahmad Dar and Ishfaq Ahmad Lone during the operation," a family source said.
"One of his brothers," according to the source, "suffered injuries due to thrashing and was shifted to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment."
Sources said that several other houses in the locality were allegedly ransacked during the operation.
The villagers demanded strict action and registering of FIR against the guilty personnel.
However, police denied the charge of vandalism and thrashing.
SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid Malik told Greater Kashmir that the operation was conducted on specific information about the presence of militants.
"No house was ransacked. Searches were conducted in a professional manner," he said, adding that no incident of thrashing was reported to the police.
Pertinently, Lateef Tiger is the only surviving member among the eleven militants who showed up in a picture with Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the Hizb commander who was killed in 2016.