Residents refute police version

SRINAGAR: Refuting the police claims, the residents of Ahmed Nagar area of Soura Thursday said that no militant was present in the area while the SOG and CRPF personnel showered bullets on deserted residential houses damaging windowpanes and inflicted heavy losses to a Pashmina Centre.

Pertinently, SOG, CRPF and police party from Soura Police Station cordoned off Ahmed Nagar area of Soura on Wednesday evening on ‘specific information’ regarding presence of militants in the area.

Chairman Coordination Committee Ahmed Nagar, Bashir Ahmed Khan told CNS that Government Forces cordoned off Ahmed Sahaib Batwari (RA) Shrine and the family members of the houses adjacent to the shrine were asked to vacate the their house.

“We heard gun shots and explosions that created panic in the area. We can tell you with authority that there was no militant present in the area. In Forces action, houses got damaged and the owner of a Pashmina Centre incurred heavy losses,” he said the houses of Gulzar Ahmed Batwari and Muhammad Sultan Batwari got completely damaged.

Reports said that scores of residents tried to come out on roads in Batwari Mohalla of Ahmed Nagar seeking inquiry into the ‘incident’, however, respectable citizens of the area stopped them and instead lodged a complaint in police station Soura against the ‘unprovoked action’ of SOG and CRPF personnel.

“We lodged a complaint while the police officials in Soura police station assured us that they would look into the matter,” Khan said.

When asked that some policemen have reportedly been injured during the operation, he said that it is all ambiguous. “As a civilian we have right to know about the details of the operation. If a militant was present there, how he escaped. The residents of Batwari Mohalla know it well that no militant was present in the area,” he said.

A top police official said that area was cordoned off after the reports that militants were present there. “Some of the policemen suffered injuries while the militants managed to escape. The residents of the area are unaware about the facts,” he said. 

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