BUNKER REMOVAL HALTED
No More Pickets To Be Removed From Srinagar: CRPF
Srinagar, May 28: Paramilitary CRPF on Saturday said that bunker removal process in Srinagar has ended and no more bunkers are to be removed in future.
“We have completed the process in the city. The government had decided to lift 40 small and large residential bunkers and that has been done. There are no plans to remove more bunkers in future,” the Public Relations Officer (PRO) CRPF Prabhakar Tripathi told Greater Kashmir.
“There are only 12 residential bunkers left in the Srinagar city. Remaining bunkers were dismantled. According to my reports there are only four bunkers left in uptown city,” said Tripathi.
He said the decision to remove strategically located bunkers in the city would take time. “We have to hold serious deliberations as the removal of these bunkers would have direct fall out on the security of Srinagar,” he added.
Referring to the CRPF men who were staying put in these bunkers, Tripathi said, “They are with their respective battalions and are still putting up in the Valley. These men won’t be sent back till further orders.”
Tripathi said the areas from where the bunkers were removed are still under surveillance. “Number of CRPF men patrolling these areas on foot has been increased and bunker vehicles are maintaining a tight vigil,” he added.
Sources said that since last year 39 bunkers have been dismantled in Srinagar city. “In the final phase of bunker removal on March 17, this year, authorities had dismantled 12 bunkers from different areas, including Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Zainakadal, Saraf Kadal, Babademb, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Saraf Kadal, and Aali Kadal,” they said.
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