Pulwama villagers accuse Army of attempting to set afire militant’s house

Residents of Gundibagh village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district accused army men of attempting to set afire a militant’s house in the village on Wednesday night.
Villagers of Gundibaghtold Rising Kashmir that army men from RashtriyaRifles camp at Kakapora,Pulwamaappeared in the village during dead of night and attempted to set on fire house of JeM militant, Adil Ahmad Dar.
“My youngest brother,who was sleeping in a room, was woken by some disturbing noise emanating from outside the house. As he looked through the windowpanes, he noticed that kerosene oil was being sprayed on the windows and doors of the house,” Rozy Jan, sister of Adil said.
She said her brother came rushing to their room and informed the family members about the incident.
“We attempted to run out of the house and as we reached near the front door, they threw a burning sheaf of paddy hay into the corridor. My brothers received burn injuries, one in hand and another in leg,” Rozy said.
The family members raised hue and cry. It alerted their neighbours, who rushed to the spot.
The villagers said that army men had spread sheaves of paddy hay around the house and set it on fire, causing damage to windows and doors of the house.
Rozyasked authorities to restrain army from harassing them.
“My brother is a militant and army is free to deal with him the way they would like but they should stop terrorising us,” she said.
A cousin of Adil said army appeared in Gundibagh on Wednesday morning in armoured vehicles and filmed the house.
They again appeared at around 12: 30 pm and attempted to set afire the house with all inmates sleeping inside.
The villagers asked authorities to expose those behind the incident and book them under relevant provisions of law.
A complete shutdown was observed today in Kakapora and adjoining villages against this incident. Villagers also staged a protest during the night and stray incidents of stone pelting were also reported from the area during the day.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pulwama Mohammad AslamChaudhry told Rising Kashmir that police has registered a case.
“Those found guilty will be punished as per law,” he said.
However, a spokesperson of army termed the allegations as baseless.
“Army is not involved in any such incident,” he said.