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Militant’s family alleges thrashing; police denies

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Pulwama, Sep 5: The family members of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger on Wednesday alleged that the government forces vandalized their house and thrashed them during a search operation last night in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

They alleged that the forces barged inside their house in Dogripora village and ransacked the property. They also thrashed three brothers of Lateef Tiger, identified as Gulzar Ahmad Dar, Nadeem Ahmad Dar and Zubair Ahmad Dar, and three of his neighbours during the operation, said a family member.

One of his brothers, according to the source, suffered injuries due to thrashing and was shifted to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Reports said that several other houses were ransacked during the operation.

However, police denied the reports of vandalism.

SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid Malik according to a news agency said that the operation was conducted based on specific information about the presence of militants.

“No house was ransacked. Searches were conducted in a professional manner,” he said, adding no incidents of thrashing were reported to the police.

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