Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday issued clarification regarding raid at Shabir Shah’s house and said that the 20 houses including the one belonging to separatist Shabir Ahmed Shah were searched after inputs of movement of terrorists in the locality were received. The police also refuted the harassment allegations of Shah’s daughter stating all SoPs were followed during the search operation.
A Police spokesperson said, “There are tweets by daughter of separatist Shabbir Shah claiming harrasment during search operation. It is clarified that it was search of 20 houses, when inputs of movement of terrorists in this locality came. This has nothing to do with G-20 but is routine in case of inputs.”
“No harassment/harm whatsoever was caused during this search & all SOPs were followed. The lady is strangely linking this with G-20, more strange is an ex CM linking this too with event, when she herself was privy to such search in particular locality due to terrorist sighting”, he said.
The spokesperson said that the search team was having 3 DySPs, 4 lady officials & others. Such attempts of forwarding malicious agenda of attributing routine security measures to an event by family of a separatist undergoing Jail in a terror funding case shows sheer frustration of some vested interests.
Earlier on Wednesday, Shabir Shah’s daughter in a series of tweets said that Ahead of the G20 summit, troops including the army, SF, and black cat commandos raided their house at around 6:00 p.m.The army was scattered everywhere they had used armoured vehicles to block off bypass and our entire colony.
“Our helper was in her room when they smashed down the gate of our kitchen garden, some hopped over walls, and entered our home through the kitchen garden. My mother was praying the Asr at 6 in the evening and I had gone cycling”, she said.
“She had just begun praying when the doorbell rang. It took her a few minutes to finish her prayers, so she was unable to open the gate, but by that point, about 20 to 25 heavily armed men had broken in through the house’s gate. They then climbed the walls and jumped inside.They began shouting at my mother when she opened the lobby door, asking her, “Who is at home?” She responded that she was alone, but they continued to shout and ask her, “Who else is at home?” They later entered the house as usual wearing boots, searched every inch of it, and left a mess everywhere! My mother accompanied a few who searched the top level of the house and rest were checking the ground floor and other rooms. They destroyed the drawing room’s furnishings and scattered objects all over”, she added.
She said,” Our rooms are entirely messed, with all of the almirahs open and everything else thrown throughout. I’m disgusted by how everything has been destroyed .My mother was intimidated as they left and warned that they would return .”
Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted: “Right before G-20 in Kashmir, security forces are breaking into homes, ransacking & violating the privacy of people here. As if the existing repression in Kashmir wasn’t enough, GOIs paranoia about G20 has unleashed bigger demons. Even women are not being spared.”