The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said that they have busted a hideout in a shop owned by a senior government official in south Kashmir’s Pulwama.
The family of the officer, however, rejected the allegations, saying it was not a “hideout”, and that the searching party didn’t recover anything.
A J&K Police spokesperson said on Monday that joint forces busted a hideout from a shop owned by Nazir Ahmad Wani at Bellow Dhargund in Pulwama. The police release issued on Monday has come two days after the forces conducted search at the official’s house.
Wani is presently posted as Naib Tehsildar in Tehsil Pulwama. In April, he had submitted a written complaint after his driver was assaulted by police in Pulwama.
“During the search in the area, the joint team busted a hideout in a shop belonging to one person identified as Nazir Ahmad Wani, son of Abdul Ahad Wani, resident of Bellow Dhargund. The joint team were able to recover incriminating materials, including huge quantity of arms and ammunition, from the hideout,” said the release.
Police said that it has been found during the investigation that Wani was providing “logistic support” to militants. “Officers during the course of investigation learnt about Nazir’s involvement in providing logistic support to the terrorists. He also revealed that he is a Govt employee and is presently posted as Naib Tehsildar in Tehsil Pulwama,” the police release said, adding that they have registered a case and investigation is underway.
The officer’s family members said they deal in pesticides and it was a cold storage area and not a hideout. Wani and his elder son are in police custody, the family members said.
“They came on Friday and conducted a search operation. We deal into pesticides and the area which they say is a hideout is a cold storage area. We are now shocked to see that they are saying that they recovered ammunition and arms from the area. It is not true. Nothing was found that day. They are doing it because he(Wani) filed a complaint against police before DC,” a family member told The Indian Express on Monday.
In April, a written complaint to the Pulwama Deputy Commissioner was submitted by Wani, also an Executive Magistrate where in he alleged that he was stopped and his driver was assaulted by the police in Pulwama.
SP Pulwama Ashish Mishra didn’t respond to calls for the comment about the story.
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