Char residents seek removal of CRPF camps
Give ultimatum, threaten to launch agitation
Charar-i-Sharief, Sept 15: Residents of this town in central Kashmiris district Budgam on Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation if the CRPF camps stationed here were not removed within next one week.
The development comes barely two days after a class 7th student Danish Nabi was killed in firing by paramilitary troopers near Hanwari here.
Soon after the afternoon prayers, a massive protests joined by hundreds of youth took to roads and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The procession marched from main bus stand near the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-din Noorani (RA) to Gulshan Abad where it swelled in numbers with joining of more people.
Furious over the killing of Danish, the protestors decide to launch an agitation to seek removal of the CRPF camps from the area. There are three camps of paramilitary troops stationed on the peripheries of the main town of Char near hanwari, Dakhinbala and Nafultang. The camps have been erected way back in 1995 soon after the whole town was gutted down in a disastrous fire following a month long seize by Border Security Force to flush out the foreign militants who had taken shelter in the town for more than two months.
“We are politely appealing to the authorities to remove the camps from the area within one week following which we will launch an agitation if our demands were not met with,” senior resident of the town announced.
The protestors said they would not sit back if authorities didn’t respond positively to their demand. “The whole town including women will come out on roads to seek removal of the camps,” said one protestor, Sajad Ahmad.
Late in the evening people including youth took to the roads again and demonstrated against the ongoing killings by government forces in the Valley. Angry protestors also burnt worn out tyres. The protests were going on till late in the evening.
Meanwhile family members of four youth from here who had allegedly gone missing since this morning from Tulsi Bagh locality of Srinagar are worried about their safety. The missing persons had accompanied the youth injured in CRPF firing on Monday here to Srinagar hospital for treatment.
“They were returning home this morning when the local ambulance they were travelling in was stopped by CRPF troopers near Tulsi Bagh in Srinagar. The ambulance driver told us that the youth were forced down by the CRPF troopers to come down,” said Shakeel Ahmad, brother of one the missing youth, Javaid Ahmad.
However, late night reports suggested that the youth returned home safely.
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