Army ‘blocks’ Lolab-Kupwara Highway

Army has allegedly closed the only motorable route to Lolab valley since the protests began on July 8 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Army ‘blocks’ Lolab-Kupwara Highway
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Army has allegedly closed the only motorable route to Lolab valley since the protests began on July 8 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Residents of Lolab told KNS that since July 8, the army of Zangli Garrison in Lolab closed the road the very next day for vehicular traffic as well as for pedestrians.

"We are taking an alternate bypass road which is 4.5 kms long but this road is not fit for vehicular traffic," the residents told KNS.

The bypass road is not wide enough for two-way traffic.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Rajeev Ranjan, refused to answer queries from KNS.

Rural Development Minister Abdul Haq Khan did not pick up the phone.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, said that he will take up the matter with concerned authorities and assured restoration of the Zangli Garrison road. KNS

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