Anantnag: A religious scholar’s house was raided and ransacked, allegedly by the army, here in Sallar village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Sources from the village said that the scholar, Maulana Altaf Hussain Nadvi’s house was raided by army men early Tuesday morning, “without any reason and ransacked,”
Nadvi is a well known columnist and an Islamic preacher at Jamia Masjid, Srigufwara in Anantnag district.
Nadvi told Kashmir Reader that he has no idea why his house was targeted and ransacked by the army men.
“They (army soldiers) damaged my household goods, and even religious books in my personal library,” Nadvi said, “The irony is that they did not ask anything from me. They just ransacked as if that was the whole point,”
He added that army personnel damaged everything in the house and even used abusive language.
Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Srigufwara, Peerzada Atiq, confirmed to Kashmir Reader that army has raided and ransacked the house of Nadvi.
However the SHO said that army has conducted raids in many residences in the area.
“I am on spot and Nadvi’s house and his library has been ransacked,” Atiq said. He however did not divulge the reasons of the raid.
Defense spokesperson in Srinagar Col Rajesh Kalia categorically refuted the allegations of ransacking.
“Our soldiers simply conducted searches in the house,” Kalia said adding “the allegations of ransacking are totally false and misleading,”
Col Rajesh also shared some photographs with Kashmir Reader trying to prove that soldiers did not ransack or damage the property.