Nawa Kadal residents refute police claim, say 15 houses raised to ground | KNO

Allege theft of cash, gold, cooking gas cylinders by security personnel; Only 4 houses damaged, we don’t indulge in acts like theft etc: top Police official
Nawa Kadal residents refute police claim, say 15 houses raised to ground | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, May 19 (KNO): Scores of people, whose houses were damaged in the fierce gunfight at Nawa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar Tuesday alleged that at least 15 houses razed to ground by security personnel and that cash, gold and LPG cylinders were also stolen by the forces personnel during the gunfight.

Trying to find whether gold items were safe, a woman shouted that security forces personnel have stolen cash, gold and even LPG cylinders from her house besides raising it to the ground. “See what they did to us. They used explosives to bring down at least 15 houses,” she told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Joining by many others, whose houses were damaged in the gunfight, locals of Nawa Kadal alleged that 15 houses were completely damaged while five others also suffered partial damage.

“They wreaked havoc here. Besides damaging our homes, they stole goods too and even LPG cylinders also,” said an elderly man sitting on the rubble of his house, told KNO. A series of videos went viral on social media showing many houses turned into a heaps of rubble and also thick smoke emanating from the houses where militants were hiding.

However, a top police official told KNO said that only three to four houses were damaged in the gunfight as militants kept on changing locations from one house to another. On the allegations of theft, he said that police is a professional force and doesn’t indulge in such acts—(KNO)