Shopian: Government forces set ablaze houses of two active militants in Shopian district on Wednesday night, families of the militants said.
The house of Shah Jahan Mir, a militant of Jaish-e-Muhammad, at Amshipora village, and the house of Syed Naveed of Hizbul Mujahideen in Nazneenpora village was targeted in the dead of night, the families said.
Abdul Hameed Mir, father of Shah Jahan, said that government forces in the middle of the night barged into their house and threw some powder that they set on fire. He said that the fire turned into a blaze and destroyed everything inside the house, including clothes, matting, food items and other family belongings.
He said that the family members managed to escape unhurt but could not save their property due to the intensity of the fire.
The Station House Officer Hirpora told Kashmir Reader that he was trying to collect details of the Amshipora incident.
In Nazneenpora village, family members of Syed Naveed said that government forces set fire to their house in the middle of the night, damaging it badly. They said that the fire also destroyed property inside the house.
Syed Naveed was serving as a policeman when he decamped with four rifles from the Food Corporation of India godown in Budgam district on May 20, 2017.
The torching of the houses is being seen as revenge for the killing of four cops by militants in Shopian district on Wednesday afternoon. The four cops were shot dead at a busy market place on the outskirts of Shopian town.
Station House Officer Keegam, Arif Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that he was not authorised to comment on the incident. He added that he had not received any information about any fire incident in his jurisdiction.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, Sandeep Choudary, did not respond to calls and text messages from this reporter.