Forces conduct nocturnal raid in Srinagar’s tourist hub

Forces conduct nocturnal raid in Srinagar’s tourist hub
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Srinagar: Houseboat owners in Chont Kul area in Dalgate said government forces created scare in the tourist hub by raiding their boats late evening early this week.
The owners pleading anonymity told Kashmir Reader that on January 22, when they were dining with their families, CRPF soldiers entered the boats.
“Around 10 pm on Monday, while I and my family were having dinner, we heard some noise from outside but we didn’t pay any heed to it. After a few minutes the CRPF soldiers entered inside our boat,” he said.
According to him, they searched every corner of their boat and vandalised everything that came their way.
Another houseboat owner pleading anonymity because of the fear of reprisal said the soldiers entered without carrying any permission.
“All the members of my family almost fainted and panic gripped in the area after watching the CRPF soldiers in darkness,” he said adding troops even entered in the prayer rooms with their shoes on.
On being asked why they entered the boat, soldiers replied that they were doing their duties, he said. However, nothing was found during the searches.
The station house officer Ram Munshi Bagh Police Station Ishaq Ahmad said searches were carried because of security reasons ahead of R-Day.