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Police attach 5 houses in Srinagar under UAPA

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Srinagar: Five houses here have been attached under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for being “used for terrorism purposes”, police said on Thursday.

Of the five residential properties, two are in Lawaypora, and one each in Maloora, Batmaloo and Harwan areas of the city, a police official said.

The residential houses belonged to Baber Suhail Sofi at Usmanabad Lawaypora; Adil Mohammad Lone at Bazar Mohalla Lawaypora; Muzaffar Ahmad Mir and Rameez Ahmad Mir at Maloora; Abdul Majeed Ganie at Firdousabad  Batamaloo, and a double-storey house of Abdul Rehman Bhat (father of accused Ashiq Hussain Bhat) at Darbagh Harwan, the official said.

“These houses were used by active terrorists as hideouts to conspire, plan and execute terror acts in Srinagar district,” he said.

“After taking prior approval of the police headquarters, the properties were attached as per provisions of Sec 2(g) and 25 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” he said.

“The house owners willfully provided shelter and harboured the terrorists in these houses, and they also arranged logistics needed for such stay,” the official said.

“The general public is once again requested to not harbour or provide shelter or extend logistics to terrorists/terror associates in their houses, failing which strict legal action will be taken against anyone doing so,” he said.

Last year, the police headquarters accorded sanction for seizure of 75 vehicles, five houses, six shops, land and cash under the UAPA.

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