Shutdown in Barmaulla

SRINAGAR: Complete strike was observed in Baramulla town on Wednesday against the presence of Army Camp in the old town.

‘Nawjawanani-Milat’ a social organization of the district had given an ultimatum to the government to shift the 46 RR Army Camp located in old Town. “We had met District Development Commissioner a month ago in this regard and he had assured us that within a month the army from the camp will be evacuated. Since the deadline passed on Wednesday the organization was forced to call for ten days strike in the district,” a member of the organization said.

All the shops, business establishments, petrol stations and educational institutions remained closed while transport was off the roads. To prevent any sort of protests police and CRPF sealed all the important bridges in the town. Large contingents of police and Paramilitary troopers were deployed on roads while concertina wires were laid on roads to restrict the movement of the people.

District Development Commissioner, Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmed Khawaja said that the administration was on the job and hopefully the Army camp will be shifted. “We have already conveyed to the government about the demand of the people. We are on the job and we are mulling to deploy Jammu Kashmir police in the camp after the evacuation of the Army,” he said and confirmed that people are desperate in getting this camp shifted.

Pertinently, 46 RR personnel had allegedly shot a youth Tahir Ahmed Sofi last month after which people demanded the evacuation of the Army from the camp. (CNS)

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