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Forces ‘ransack’ militant’s house, ‘thrash family members, neighbours

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Srinagar, Sep 5: A person was injured and hospitalized after government forces allegedly thrashed family members and neighbours of an active militant at Dogripora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir last night.

The residents of Dogripora village alleged that the government forces entered the village during the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday and ransacked residential house of the active Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’, Lateef Ahmad Dar and thrashed his family members, including his three brothers Gulzar, Nadeem and Zubair.

 

Later, the forces, the locals alleged, also beat up three neighbours of the militant identified as Mohammad Azhar Ud Din, Bilal Ahmad Dar and Ishfaq Ahmad Lone.

Among the trio, Azhar Ud Din suffered injuries and was hospitalized, the locals said.

Demanding stern action against the forces involved in ransacking the houses and beating of inmates, the residents appealed the higher authorities to direct the concerned police to register an FIR against the erring forces personnel.

Lateef is the only surviving member among the eleven which showed up in the picture with Burhan Wani, the Hizb commander who was killed in 2016 triggering of massive unrest that left over 100 civilians dead and injuries to over ten thousand.

A police officer concerned said that they are checking the facts about the incidents “but I did not get any report or complaint regarding any damage or ransacking by the forces in any house.”