The police have seized almost a dozen books including those written on ‘jihad’, a laptop, iPad and three mobile phones from the official residence of People’s Democratic Party legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir in Srinagar, days after his security guard Adil Sheikh decamped with at least seven AK-47 rifles and showed up in a photograph with top Hizbul Mujahideen militants three days later.

A source privy to the special investigation team (SIT) probing the arms loot incident at Mir’s Jawahar Nagar residence on past Friday, said that the seized books include ‘Rise of Taliban’, ‘Beyond Me’, ‘Concept of Jihad’, ‘Jihad and Kashmir’, and some books written by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani.

PDP legislator admitted that some books were seized by the police from his residence.

The police also took away my personal laptop, iPad, three mobile phones and a battery bank, besides some ‘Islamic literature’, he said.

“I have no issues with the seizure of my books. What is the harm in reading books on jihad? Police can keep the books and the laptop, but return my battery bank,” Mir said. “I think the battery bank can in no way be helpful to the police probe.”

Mir said his workers from Shopian are facing “immense problems” as all his phones have been taken away by the police. “My workers are not able to contact me,” he said.