Forces harassing families, relatives of militants: NC MLA tells assembly

Forces harassing families, relatives of militants: NC MLA tells assembly
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Jammu: The opposition National Conference’s legislator and MLA, Abdul Majeed Larmi, on Monday questioned the PDP-BJP government for alleged harassment and damage to properties of families and relatives of militants by the government forces.
Raising the “point of information” during the question hour, NC MLA from south Kashmir’s Homshalibugh questioned the wisdom of allegedly targeting the families of militants in Kashmir Valley.
Larmi flaunted a newspaper in the house and alleged that certain families were targeted by government forces on Sunday in Redwani area of Kulgam.
“The forces have damaged the houses and vehicles and the cost of damages is not less than Rs 30 lakh each,” Larmi told the house.
“Why does it happen every day,” he asked the chief minister who was present in the house. “There is total loss of properties. If anyone is militant, what is the crime of his family of any of his relative or hi neighbour? Why are they being harassed and questioned,” he asked the government pressing chief minister to look in to the matter.
Larmi said: “I do not want to create a scene every day, but I am forced to do so,” asking, “When I can’t talk about my people in this house, then where should I go?”
The MLA was referring to the media reports about the alleged ransacking of dozens of houses and damage to vehicles at Redwani Bala village of Qaimoh in Kulgam district during a cordon and search operation (CASO).
The damage by the government forces had invited sharp reaction from the local populace triggering massive protests in the area.