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J&K Police says will attach property of those who ‘wilfully’ shelter militants

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has mentioned it might connect properties of people that “wilfully” give shelter to militants.

After going through criticism following its preliminary announcement on attachment of properties, police clarified on Saturday that such motion wouldn’t be taken towards those that have been pressured to shelter militants “under duress”.

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On Thursday, police mentioned on an official Twitter account that they’d began the method of “attachment of some immovable properties which have been used for purpose of terrorism as per section 2(g) & 25 of ULP Act [Unlawful Activities Prevention Act]”.

“Don’t give shelter or harbour terrorists/terror associates. Legal action will be supplemented by property attachments as per law,” the police assertion added.

With the assertion attracting criticism, police issued a clarification on Saturday and mentioned there had been “misinformation, rumours floated by certain quarters regarding information provided by Srinagar Police with respect to initiation of attachment of properties used for purpose of terrorism”.

“It is clarified that Srinagar Police is well aware of the difference between wilful harbouring of terrorists and one done under duress,” police mentioned.

“The attachments being done are for properties where it has been proved beyond doubt that the house owner/member had wilfully provided shelter/harboured terrorists, in most cases for days together and that it was not done under any duress whatsoever,” police mentioned in its clarification. “The attachment proceedings always come after investigation procedures in any case are at advanced stage.”

Whereas police and paramilitary forces have been demolishing homes the place militants are holed up throughout gunfights, police have now began to e book the house owners of such homes underneath anti-terrorism legal guidelines on the grounds of giving shelter to militants.

In instances of “forced entry” by militants into homes, police have put the onus on householders to “prove duress”.

“Further, in regards the issue of so called ‘forceful entry’ of terrorists into any house or other structure, the house owner or any other member claiming duress should timely inform the authorities about the same, as many provisions for hiding identity of such informant are available under law,” police mentioned. “The onus always lies on the house owner/member to prove duress by informing the authorities well in time that there is/was forceful entry of terrorists into his/her house.”

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