Srinagar: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Wednesday said that government forces were not allowing people to reconstruct their houses destroyed by forces during gunfights.
In a statement, the secretary general of DeM, Nahida Nasreen expressed concern over the issue.
“This is highly deplorable and a cause of serious concern,” she said. She said that the government forces first blast the houses and “stage encounters” and then blow them to ashes.
She said that rather than compensating the family for their loss, as the forces the “destroy their houses and lifetime belongings,” they were preventing them from reconstructing them.
“When people in the society, including their relatives, neighbours or well-wishers try to help them to reconstruct their houses, the puppets in uniform don’t allow them to do so,” she said.
She said this was being done to harass the local populace and to plant in them a reign of terror so that they do not shelter the “Mujahideen”.
Nasreen said that police had denied reports about a family not being allowed to reconstruct their house in Brenti Islamabad, but when the DeM visited the spot, they found that army had stopped the construction of the house, stayed on the site for several days and threatened the labourers.
“India should remember that despite these evil designs, they won’t be able to suppress the sentiments of the people of Kashmir nor crush people to stop them from sheltering Mujahideen,” the statement said.