‘Tell Mehbooba to stop ransacking our houses,’ militants threaten PDP workers

Videos have emerged showing Hizb-ul-Mujhahideen militants warning PDP workers in south Kashmir of dire consequences if government forces “don’t stop ransacking our houses and harassing our families.”

“You tell Mehbooba (Mufti) to stop ransacking our houses and we will stop ransacking yours,” the militants are heard telling a PDP worker in Shopian after ransacking his house.

“The PDP is getting the homes of the militants ransacked to crush the freedom movement,” the worker says, guns pointed at his chest.

“Why do you harass our sisters? We can also harass your sister but we will not. We are sparing your life because of your daughter. Stop ransacking our homes or we will come again and shoot you dead,” the militants are heard telling the PDP worker.

In another video, Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo is heard threatening a PDP worker  at his house in Awantipora area of south Kashmir.

“This is your first and last warning. Tell your bosses who order the ransacking of our homes that Riyaz Naikoo  was here. Tell them, we can also ransack your houses,” Naikoo is heard telling the PDP worker at gunpoint in the video.

He also warns workers of PDP, NC and BJP, as well as policemen, “from SPOs to  SPs” that he will force them to “migrate” if the ransacking of militants’ houses continue.

“ Your war is against us. We have picked up gun against gun. What have our families done? You have children. What have your children done?” Naikoo is heard saying.

“ We are neither afraid of the Indian law nor the Indian power. Our hands are tied because of Islam. So if the ransacking happens again, we will make you migrate within seven days,” he says.

Militants have hurled grenades and vandalized the houses of PDP leaders and workers in south Kashmir in apparent retaliation after the houses of some militants were ransacked and their families beaten and harassed by government forces during raids in south Kashmir last week.  A National Conference leader whose house was attacked in Tral area on Sunday said the militants were “reacting” to the ransacking of a local militant’s house in the area some days ago. Unidentified gunmen also shot dead a woman and non-local vendor in south Kashmir on Sunday.

Reports said parts of Tral area on Monday observed a complete shutdown against the alleged thrashing of a Hizb militant’s family by army last night in Wagad hamlet of Aripal.

Forces go on rampage in Tral village: reports

Meanwhile, government forces thrashed people and vandalized property in Wagad village  of south Kashmir’s Tral area on Monday, leading to protests and clashes.

Reports quoting local residents said that government forces thrashed them and vandalized residential houses besides smashing the window panes of local mosque, vehicles and other property.

Residents of Wagad and adjoining villages held pro-freedom and anti-India protests against the forces’ action, the reports said.

Some youth also clashed with the government forces.

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