After the suspected militants attacked Amarnath Yatris at Batengoo in Islamabad district late Monday night, the locals of Botengo have accused forces of resorting to highhandedness at the spot of attack.

Forces stand guard at the spot of the attack. PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

“Soon after the attack army and police barged into a residential house of Mushtaq Ahmad Laway, beat the inmates including womenfolk and looted the cash of Rs 30000 from his house,” a local said.

Five people of the family were also whisked by the army. They have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Laway, Showkat Ah Laway, Amir Amin and Asif Amin. The fifth youth has been identified as Jaffer Ahmad Khan, a student of Army Public School Khanabal.

According to the family members Arif and Asif are coaching for MBBS at Srinagar. They had come home a day before.

On late Monday night, 7 Amarnath Yatris were killed when they were caught in cross fire between suspected militants and local police.

The attack also left 19 others injured.


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