BUDGAM: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was apprehended by the army after a 24-hour-long search operation in Peth Makhama village of Budgam district. Local residents complained that the troopers stole valuables during the operation.
Ishfaq Ahmad Wani,19, son of Abdul Rashid Wani, who hails from Chichilora village of Baramulla district, was apprehended and an AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.
Ishfaq is a class 10 dropout and had joined the outfit nine months ago.
The army had laid a siege around the village and asked people to remain indoors. Despite heavy showers last night, the soldiers continued the operation and combed the houses, during which valuables, including two laptops and gold worth lakhs of rupees, went missing.
A few residents, including Ghulam Rasool Kambay, Haji Ghulam Mohammad Dar, said the army stole the valuables during searches.
They said that most people fled their homes, soon after the army surrounded the village.
“This is why they got a free hand to steal,” they said.
Abdul Gaffar, a local resident, said he was not allowed to say Azaan.