Forces ‘beat up’ militant’s family

Forces ‘beat up’ militant’s family
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They will face legal action for claiming army soldiers beat them: police

ZIA-UL-HAQ/ Mohammad Suhail

ANANTNAG: In the second such incident in less than a week, army soldiers allegedly beat up family members of a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant and ransacked their household in a night raid in Sopat village in Kulgam on Sunday evening.
Abrar Ahmad, the militant’s brother who is a cancer patient, has suffered injury in his foot and bruises on his body from the beating by army soldiers.
Family members of the LeT militant, Shakoor Ahmad Dar, who is active for the past eight months, alleged that soon after the evening prayers, army soldiers arrived at their house. “They (soldiers) came early in the evening and took positions all around the house. They did not tell us anything till Taraweeh prayers were over. The army men forced their entry into the house and abused and thrashed us,” Shakoor’s brother and mother said.
Abrar Ahmad said that army soldiers had been harassing the family but this was the first time they came inside the house.
“Since my brother left to join militancy, they (army men) would come and summon us to the camp. But they never did what they did today. They came rushing into the house and started beating and ransacking everything that came their way,” Abrar said.
He said he told the army men that he was a cancer patient but they said he was lying. “They kept on beating me, accusing me of lying. They even told me that I was lying about being a cancer patient,” Abrar said.
The mother of the LeT militant said that the army men threw away everything, including utensils, bedding, crops and food.
“If my son has joined militancy, let them deal with him as they can. But I can’t understand what me, my husband and my other children have done to them. If the chief minister has said that the families of militants will not be harassed, then when are they doing this,” she told reporters.
In the morning as the news about the beating of the family members spread, scores of locals visited the family to express their sympathy. The locals also raised pro-Azadi and anti-India slogans.
A few days ago, men from the police special operations group (SOG) had allegedly raided the house of a slain LeT commander, Majid Zargar , in Quimoo area of the district. His brother suffered multiple injuries from the beating he received at the hands of the policemen.
SSP Kulgam Sreedhar Patil told Kashmir Reader that the family should come forward and lodge an FIR. “We have conducted no raid whatsoever in the area. If the family says any such thing has happened, they should come forward and lodge an FIR. I suspect some foul play,” Patil said.
“I have confirmed from the Army. They did not carry any operation as well, neither did the police,” Patil said.
He added that the family is trying to defame forces, “despite the fact that we did not carry out any operation, legal action is going to be taken against them”.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that he has no knowledge about the incident.
“You message me the details of the incident and I will get it confirmed from the local army unit,” he said.

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