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In Kashmir Valley, abductions occurred after the arrest of the fathers of most wanted militant of Kashmir namely Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo and Lateef Ahmad followed by the torching of houses of the two militants in Shopian area.

In retaliation, militants in south Kashmir abducted 11 persons, all of the family members or relatives of serving policemen in less than 24 hours. Three of these abductions happened in a matter of minutes in an area less than 1 square km in Arwani Bijbehara.

On Wednesday night, hours after militants shot dead four policemen on the outskirts of Shopian town, government forces allegedly set ablaze houses of two Hizbul Mujahideen militant commanders in Shopian district.

On August 27, government forces had allegedly ransacked the house and beaten up family members of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Waris Malik in Rakh-e-Mamnoo village of Arwani. Earlier on the night of August 25, the house of another Laskar Toiba militant, Azad Malik, was also allegedly ransacked by government forces.

However, all abducted persons were released on Friday after making a video of each of them, who not only warn their parents, relatives but also requested to DGP S P Vaid that do not harass the families of the militants. in the video, militants also warn that this time we are releasing you and if harassment did not stop, our approach would be different.

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday directed the Commissioner Secretary Home Department, the Director General of Police, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, and the Inspector General of Police Kashmir to file a detailed report within four weeks to answer why houses of militants were ransacked and their families harassed by government forces.

The Commission headed by Justice Rtd Bilal Nazki passed the direction after a petition in this regard was moved by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo. The petition sought directions from the Commission to prevent the ransacking of militants’ houses and harassment of their families.

The petition stated that the families of militants had the right to be protected from all exploitative and vulnerable situations but the government forces had adopted cruel methods to harass them. The petition further stated that the security forces consistently vandalise the property and houses of militants and have even desecrated their graves, particularly in south Kashmir villages.

Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) Friday warned J&K Police that does not drag the families of militants in the conflict. LeT Jammu Kashmir chief, Mahmood Shah, in his message to J&K Police, said the honour and sanctity of the homes of “martyrs and freedom fighters” were the same as Police.

“The respect and honour of mothers, sisters, and daughters of freedom fighters and martyrs should be the same as you do to yours,” he said. “We have on numerous occasions warned the government forces and police personnel not to drag the families into the conflict but they continue to infiltrate our homes and compromise their honour.”

“Bearing the oppression continuously is like aiding the oppressor. The responsibility for the current situation lies on the shoulders of J&K Police and CID. Why is it that those who condemn the attacks on J&K Police do not speak up when the police personnel barge into the homes of martyrs and freedom fighters and mercilessly and indiscriminately beat the family members,” the LeT chief said in the statement.

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