Srinagar parts observe shutdown

Residents Demand Removal Of Bunkers; DC, SSP Urge Traders To Call-Off Strike


Srinagar, Mar 25: Several areas of Shahr-e-Khaas (Old Srinagar) Monday observed shutdown and witnessed protests to press for removal of paramilitary CRPF bunkers from their respective localities.
The protests demonstrations were reported from Saraf Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Kawdara and Bohri Kadal areas of old Srinagar. Traders from these areas have called strike till the bunkers are removed from there.
Shops and business establishments in these areas remained closed. Traffic movement in these areas also remained suspended.
Reports said the inhabitants and traders of these areas staged protest demonstrations and sit-in to press for their demand. They were demanding immediate removal of bunkers from these areas.
The protesting people, reports said have erected tents in Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Kamangerpora, Kawdara and Bohri Kadal areas. The banners were also erected outside the tents. “We want removal of CRPF camps and bunkers from our areas as soon as possible,” read the banners. Reports said the protesting people alleged that paramilitary CRPF is creating problems for them without any provocation. “They (CRPF) ransack and damage the residential houses in our areas without any provocation,” the protesting people said. “These bunkers and camps have always proved cause of conflict in our areas.”
The residents of these areas said that most of the times paramilitary CRPF provoke the people. “Most of the times CRPF personnel pelt stones on the houses in the evening and provoke the people,” they said and alleged that they also beat the people, ransack houses and damage windowpanes.
The protesting people alleged that the presence of CRPF bunkers was hampering free movement of traffic besides creating fear psychosis among the locals. “We will not open our shops till the bunkers are removed from the area,” Abdul Rashid a shopkeeper said. “Several bunkers were removed from other parts of Srinagar, we want these too should be removed within minimum possible time,” he added.
District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari visited the area and held a meeting with traders and other imminent citizens of there.
During the meeting, DM and SSP, according to locals, told them that a committee is already in place to look into the issue of removal of bunkers from parts of Srinagar. “We can not do it right now. The committee will look into the matter,” DM and SSP has told traders and other imminent citizens of these areas.  They also asked the local traders to resume normal business till some decision is taken on the issue by the Official Committee.
Pertinently, about 44 bunkers of CRPF have so far been removed from different parts of Srinagar following recommendations of the official panel constituted following the visit of an all-party delegation to the Valley in the aftermath of 2010 summer unrest.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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