Shopian militant’s family alleges vandalism by government forces

Shopian militant’s family alleges vandalism by government forces

Srinagar : The family of a former policeman, who fled with four rifles to join militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in May last year, alleged on Thursday that government forces vandalised their house at Nazneenpora in Shopian during the night.

“They smashed the windowpanes of our house and damaged its doors and windows,” a family member said.

A relative of Naveed said, “In the battle between the militants and the forces, the innocent family members should not be dragged into.”

He said due to the alleged frequent vandalism and intimidation by forces the family had now shifted to another house.

On August 29, forces had allegedly attempted to torch the house of Naveed during an overnight raid. The house, according to family, had been saved due to the timely intervention of neighbours.

Defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia refuted the allegation, saying no army man had ransacked or damaged the property of anyone in the area.

“The allegations are baseless. Army doesn’t indulge in any kind of vandalism,” Kalia said.

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