Locals of various areas of Srinagar city expressed their anger after CRPF men allegedly ‘occupied’ marriage halls in city parts. The locals urged the administration to provide safe accommodations to CRPF men stating that keeping security forces personnel in civilian areas will threaten locals.
As per reports, CRPF men occupied a marriage hall in the Shutrashahi area of Srinagar, where locals staged a protest. The locals said that children would play in marriage halls while marriage functions and other functions are held in these halls. “We were shocked to see CRPF men in large numbers camping in the marriage hall. Normally, such things happen during election time, but there is no election on cards this time around. So we were amazed to see CRPF men along with their belongings occupying the marriage hall,” said a resident of the Shutrashahi area of Srinagar, adding that “occupying marriage hall will pose a great risk to locals living in the area.”
“This area is already congested, and the marriage hall is just a few hundred meters away from the civil secretariat and District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar. Keeping CRPF men in a marriage has already triggered fear among locals living here,” said another resident. The locals appealed to the LG Manoj Sinha led administration to provide alternate accommodation to the CRPF men instead of lodging them in marriage halls.
Locals of the Ilahibagh-Malbagh area of Srinagar outskirts also alleged that CRPF men were lodged in a marriage hall in their locality. The government is putting the local population at significant risk by accommodating CRPF men in marriage halls. “Marriage halls are for locals, not CRPF men. We fail to understand that despite having huge infrastructure at its disposal, why marriage halls were chosen for accommodating CRPF personnel,” said an elderly resident.
Talking to the media, the CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Abhiram said that CRPF has no authority to occupy any government or private building. “Providing accommodation to us is the sole prerogative of UT administration and police. Administration may have used these places (marriage halls) for the short and temporary stay of CRPF men,” he said
J&K: Terrorist Hideout built in middle of park busted
The remaining terrorists in Kashmir are adopting many unique ways to save themselves from the security forces and the police, but now it is not possible to escape the terrorists from the eyes of the security forces and the police.
The Pulwama and Awantipora police, conducting a joint search operation with the Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF, have busted a hiding place built in the middle of a garden in Bandarpora, Awantipora. Terrorists often used to hide in this hideout after committing any incident in the area. At present, with the help of security forces, the police have started a search operation in the surrounding areas, demolishing the hideouts of the terrorists. Other details are awaited.
Now the number of active terrorists in Kashmir has remained negligible. This is why the anger of Pakistan across the border has increased. It is well known that Pakistan encourages terrorists in India. Training camps have also been opened for terrorists across the border in Pakistan. Now that the number of terrorists has been reduced considerably, terrorists are engaged in making targets killed with their weapons to register their presence. However, the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are fully active in thwarting this nefarious design of the terrorists.
J&K: Militants fired at a CRPF bunker, no casualty reported
Militants on Wednesday reportedly fired at a CRPF bunker at the KP road in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. However, there was no casualty in the incident.
According to a CRPF officer, the militants fired “3-4 bullets” at the bunker near FM Gali but there was no injury or loss of life in the incident.
The militants, the actual number of whom was not known, fled from the spot.
Soon after the attack, security forces launched searches to nab them, the officer said.
Won’t let in leaders who left party and now willing to return: Mehbooba Mufti
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said she is not taking back those leaders who have deserted the party even though many of them are willing to return.
Dozens of senior PDP leaders, including former ministers and legislators, left the party after the BJP withdrew its support to the Mehbooba-led coalition government in July 2018, and most of them joined the Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari or the Peoples Conference led by Sajjad Lone.
”I have made it a principle that those who have left us will not be taken back. Many of the leaders who deserted the party are eager to return, but I am not going to take them back,” Mehbooba said, addressing a function at party headquarters here.
The PDP organised the function to welcome dozens of new entrants, including supporters of Bushan Lal Dogra, a former minister who rejoined the PDP last month. ”Dogra is like my younger brother and is a thorough gentleman I respect the most.
His case of rejoining the party is exceptional,” Mehbooba said, expressing hope that he, along with other workers, would work tirelessly for strengthening the party at the grassroots level. Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government, she alleged that the ruling party is using Jammu and Kashmir as a laboratory for experimenting and has destroyed the erstwhile state.
”My request to the people is to stand up to save Jammu and Kashmir. If you can save J&K, you will save the country. But, instead, they started destroying the country from J&K,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said. Referring to the government’s plan to facilitate large scale investment in Jammu and Kashmir, she said,” outside investors bring their labour force along with them while they have their contribution in the apartments planned to be built by the big real estate investors.”
She accused the BJP of launching an eviction drive to retrieve the land from the hapless poor people, irrespective of their religion, creed or caste. ”Under BJP rule, the rich are becoming richer while as the number of poor had doubled with youth becoming jobless and inflation touching the sky,” she said.
Praising her party workers, Mehbooba said it is heartening to see the dream of party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed becoming a reality with each passing day. ”I am seeing concern for people of Kashmir growing in Jammu. Mufti wanted to see the two regions stand together and understand each other’s pain. This is happening today,” she said.
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