SRINAGAR: The residents of Kani Mazar in Nawa Kadal area of Downtown Srinagar on Tuesday accused government forces of arson and loot during the pre-dawn gunfight that left two mujahideen, including a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen martyred, a charge strongly contested by Indian forces.
Residents alleged that contingents of police and CRPF appeared in Kani Mazar locality on Monday night and started banging the doors asking people to leave their homes. After this, the locals said the occupational forces barged into some houses and decamped with valuables when the area was resounding with gunfire.
The gunfight that started around 3:00 AM has left behind a trail of destruction. According to the locals, over a dozen houses have been destroyed.
“They looted our houses and then put them on fire,” alleged wife of Bilal Ahmed Rah, a resident of Kani Mazar.
Like others, she said her family too had to spent night in a house in the neighbourhood locality after the encounter broke-out.
“And when we returned, we saw our houses turned into rubble,” she added.
On Tuesday, thick curls of smoke were still emanating from the debris, a large number of people visited the spot to see the destruction. Women were seen wailing, and beating their chests.
There were accusations of valuables, cash and jewellery being stolen from the houses.
Videos surfaced on social media showing distraught residents alleging loot during the operation.
“They wreaked havoc here. Besides damaging our homes, they stole goods too and even they have decamped with LPG cylinders,” one woman could been seen in the video sobbing and alleging.
4 Injured After House Falls At Gunfight Site
Meanwhile at least four people were injured when a house collapsed near a gunfight site in Nawa Kadal area on Tuesday evening.
According to the reports, after ending their Ramzan fast, many people thronged the encounter site in Kani Mazar locality of Nawa Kadal where two Hizbul Mujahideen youth were martyred in a gunfight earlier.
They said as the people were watching the devastation, a partially damaged house collapsed, leaving four persons wounded.
Injured were shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for treatment, officials said.