‘Informer’s’ shops set ablaze, house damaged; youths attack fire vehicle

‘Informer’s’ shops set ablaze, house damaged; youths attack fire vehicle
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SHOPIAN: Unknown persons set ablaze two shops and damaged the residential house of Kifayat Mir in Molu village in Shopian district on Tuesday. A video of Mir confessing to being an army informer had gone viral on social media in April this year.
The video had surfaced more than a month after four militants and two civilians were killed in a shootout at Pahnoo village in Shopian district on March 4.
The video showed Mir being questioned by militants and confessing that he informed the army of the presence of militants in Pahnoo village. Mir was shot in his foot by the militants on April 15 and the video of his confession appeared on social media the next morning.
Local sources said that the family of Mir had left their village soon after the video was circulated. Before they left, local people had hurled stones at their house several times. Locals said that their house had suffered major damage on its windows, glass panes, and property inside.
Today, some unknown persons set two shops of Mir on fire and also damaged his residential house. Eyewitnesses said that a fire tender reached the village to douse the flames but it was stopped by local youths who also hurled rocks on the vehicle.
Shopian Senior Superintendent of Police Shailendra Kumar Mishra was not available for comments on the incident.

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