ANANTNAG: While government forces keep denying allegations of vandalism levelled by common people, this time the allegations have come from a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP). The senior police officer, Nisar Ahmad Bakhshi, took to Facebook on Thursday to express his anguish at “vandalism” by “security forces” at his Anantnag residence, “for the eighth time since 2008.”
A resident of Nai Basti area in main town Anantnag, Bakhshi is currently posted at the State Human Rights Commission in Srinagar. On Thursday morning he wrote a post on Facebook in which he also uploaded pictures of smashed window panes and car windshield at his house in Anantnag.
“Vandalism by security forces at KP Road Anantnag. Property worth lakhs including windows and window panes of my residential house damaged,” Bakhshi wrote.
The post further read that houses, vehicles and shops in the area were smashed and attacked by rods and rocks by security forces.
“This is for the eighth time since 2008 my residential house has been damaged in such a way,” the post read.
The post had been shared 31 times when this report was filed. It had some interesting comments in the thread.
“When the houses of police officers are damaged in such a way, what should be the fate of other people?” commented one of his Facebook friends.
Another wrote, “Beasts in uniform, as if they enjoy damaging public property. This is sheer hooliganism. No accountability at all. At least someone from the district administration should take cognizance of such incidents.”
Many others commented with their own pictures of alleged vandalism by government forces.
According to local sources, government forces entered the locality in Nai Basti where the officer’s house is located, while chasing some youth following intense stone-throwing in the nearby Khannabal area.
Stone-pelting in Khannabal was taking place against the gunfight going on in Turkewangam area of Shopian district.
The government forces, upon losing the chase, allegedly ransacked some houses and damaged property, including shops and cars. :ocals said that more than 20 houses, a school, a cafeteria, a diagnostic centre and several other buildings faced the wrath of the government forces.
Professor Altaf Ahmad, who runs a well-known diagnostic centre, Accurate Diagnostics, told Kashmir Reader that his centre was targeted by the government forces and window panes were smashed.
“They have done substantial damage to the centre, which is one of its kind in south Kashmir and is a refuge to thousands of patients from long and far,” he said.
DySP Nisar Bakhshi talked to Kashmir Reader over phone and said the issue was not only about him but all others in the vicinity who suffer from this regular vandalism.
“My aged parents live in the house and I had renovated it only two months back. Despite the fact that my father shouted from inside that the house belonged to a senior police officer, the security forces went on with the vandalism,” Bakhshi said, adding that more than 25 windowpanes of his house had been smashed.
He said that property worth lakhs had been damaged in the neighbourhood and nobody from the administration – civil or police – had batted an eyelid.
“I was forced to take to Facebook and write about the issue. Hope things will change for better,” Bakhshi said.
No senior police officials, including Kashmir IGP, DIG South, and SSP Anantnag, were available for comment.