Govt forces accused of ransacking militants' homes during nocturnal raids

Govt forces accused of ransacking militants' homes during nocturnal raids

Several family members say they were beaten up

Families of several militants have accused government forces of ransacking their homes and beating members up during nocturnal raids in recent days. 

On Monday night armed government forces broke into the family home of Showkat Ahmad, a militant affiliated with the Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK) in Qaimoh area of Kulgam and vandalised the house.

“The forces ransacked the house and broke the window panes and other household goods,” a family member of Ahmad told Greater Kashmir, as other members echoed the same.

During the same night, the soldiers similarly barged into the house of Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Burhan Ahmad, at SK Colony of Anantnag town and vandalised the property, the rebel’s family said.

Earlier, on Sunday night forces broke into the house of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Waris Malik of Momal-Arwani village in Bibehara, also ransacking the family home. 

“The forces broke all the household goods including refrigerator, washing machine and other valuables,” said Bashir Malik, father of the LeT militant. 

He said the soldiers also beat up the family members.

Last Saturday, government forces barged into house of the district commander of LeT for Anantnag, Azad Malik alias Dada, in Arwani village and beat up his family members while ransacking the premises.

“If the fight is between them (militants) and the forces why bring families into this?” asked Nazir Malik, Dada’s father.

Similar reports of ransacking the family homes of militants during nocturnal raids have come from Shopian, Pulwama and Awantipora districts.

Deputy Inspector general of police (South), Amit Kumar said he has no information about the incidents.

“No such complaint has come to me,” Kumar said.