Srinagar, Apr 20: After losing his son in a gunfight and pellets rendering his wife blind, Muhammad Ramzan Tantray from Varipora area of DH Pora here in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district faced another onslaught from government forces on Friday night. His two sons and brother were picked up by forces while the house vandalized. “Why our house is being frequently raided and vandalized and our brothers taken to detention camps?, this is the question the daughters of Muhammad Ramzan asked to Reporters who visited their vandalized house on Saturday.
“The armed Forced barged into our house, picked our two brothers Ajaz and Mudasir and Uncle Sharik Ahmed. After vandalizing our house and damaging doors and windows they dragged them through an orchard and when we followed them requesting them to release the trio, they fired in air to scare us,” said one of the family members to news agency CNS.
Government Forces started targeting us after the death of my militant son Amir Ahmed on 25 October 2018. Amir along with his three associates Sahir Makroo of Arwani Bijbehara, Owais Ahmad Lone from Hawora-Mishpora area of Kulgam and Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal were killed in a fierce gunfight at Arwani Bijbehara. Since then Tantray family has suffered immensely as according to them they are being harassed on one or the other pretext every now and then.
A day after Amir’s death, government forces according to family members targeted mourners who had visited their house in large number by showering pellets and tear-gas shells. The pellets snatched the eyesight of Amir’s mother Zaina Begum.
“Yesternight, we were targeted by armed forces. They ransacked our house, thrashed us and picked our brothers Mudasir Ahmed, Ajaz Ahmed and Uncle Sharik Ahmed. We still don’t know their whereabouts,” said one of the sisters of slain militant.
The raid, vandalization and arrest of trio sparked a massive protest in the village on Saturday. Locals demanded an end to intimidation and sought release of Mudasir Ahmed, Ajaz Ahmed and Shariq Ahmed.
When contacted SSP Kulgam said he will ask DSP DDR to contact CNS regarding the matter