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Srinagar family says ‘men in uniform’ looted their valuables during nocturnal anti-militancy raid

A family in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Friday alleged that ‘men in uniform’ stole their valuables during a raid on their house.

The nocturnal raid on July 7 and July 8 by the ‘men in uniform’ took place in the Hokersar-Shikargah area of the Srinagar district.

The family members, women, girls, and elderly, staged a protest at press colony in Srinagar and said that at 1:40 am on July 7, men wearing army uniforms, holding guns in their hands, knocked on the door of their house on the pretext of carrying out the search.

“We were deep in sleep as it was dead of the night. They knocked the doors repeatedly and when my uncle opened the main door, they told us not to be afraid as the cordon has been laid outside and they were just to carry out searches,” said Khushi, a family member, whose house has been looted.

She said that the ‘men in uniform’ told them to assemble in one room so that they can carry out searches properly.

“They snatched our mobile phones and went upstairs. They sought keys to open our lockers and cupboards and wardrobes. They asked us not to make noise,” she said, adding that, “we tried to resist and then they told us since there was an encounter in the area recently, they had to carry out searches.”

Khushi further alleged that when the family members went upstairs after the ‘men in uniform’ left their house, they found all gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees, cash, and Pashmina shawls were missing from the cupboards.

“We approached the concerned police station where we were told come at 10 am. We have lodged a complaint there, but nothing has happened. We are three sisters and had managed to buy gold after saving hard-earned money,” said Khushi, who was accompanied by other family members, and other women of the area.

The protestors urged the IGP Kashmir and SSP Srinagar to take cognizance of the incident and to find out “whether the men in uniform were army men or thieves.” “We are hopeful to get justice from the IGP Kashmir and SSP Srinagar. We are poor and can’t afford to buy the gold and other items looted from our house, yet again,” they said.

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