Army ransacks 5 houses including one of HM militant in Shopian after IED blast

At least five dozen houses were ransacked by army men in Sugan village of south Kashmir’s district Shopian on Monday hours after three army men including an officer were injured in an IED blast.
Local residents told Rising Kashmir that men of 44 Rashtriya Rifles barged into the Sugan village and started vandalizing private property of villagers after the IED blast.
“They smashed windowpanes of many houses. They also damaged the parked vehicles and apple trees in orchards,” the villagers said.
A victim orchardist from Sugan village said army men broke branches of around a dozen apple trees in his orchard.
He said the orchards in his neighborhood too were damaged.
He identified the victim orchardists as Abdul Ahad Shah, Muhammad Amin Ganie, Ghulam Nabi Ganie, Gul Muhammad Ganie, Bashir Ahmad Ganie and Abdul Salam lone.
Local residents said army barged into the house of active Hizb militant, Zeenat-ul-Islam, and ransacked household items including washing machine, geyser, windowpanes, utensils and food items.
The family members of Zeenat alleged that army men snatched a mobile phone, stole a laptop and some cash from their house.
Local residents informed that windowpanes of around five dozen houses were smashed by forces.
Villagers said that they faced the wrath of army after they failed to trace militants involved in the IED blast.
“We wish to live peacefully in this holy month but army is victimizing innocent villagers,” a resident from Sugan said.