Shopian militant’s family alleges vandalism by government forces

Shopian militant’s family alleges vandalism by government forces
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SHOPIAN: The family of a former policeman, who fled with four rifles to join militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in May last year, alleged on Thursday that government forces vandalised their house at Nazneenpora in Shopian during the night.
Syed Mushtaq, father of policeman-turned-militant Syed Naveed, told Kashmir Reader that government forces damaged windowpanes, geysers, kitchenware and other property of his house, and also took away curtains and other items, in a late-night assault.
“Last night, the forces barged into our house and damaged property including windowpanes, geysers, taps, and kitchenware,” Mushtaq said.
He alleged that this was the second attack on their house by government forces this week. He also alleged that government forces took away curtains, taps and other household goods.
Mushtaq said that earlier the forces had attacked his house on October 28, after militants attacked an army patrol at Poterwal, a neighbouring village. Mushtaq said that vandalising people’s property has become a routine of the government forces.
Superintendent of Police Shopian Sandeep Choudhary did not respond to repeated calls from this reporter.