The volunteers of Jama'at-e-Islami Baramulla were forced to close down their relief camp set up in the premises of Baramulla district hospital after police reportedly directed them to cease the relief activities on Monday.
The relief camp was set up on August 12 by the Jama'at and around 700 attendants and patients were being provided lunch and dinner every day.
"On Monday we were directed by the police to close the relief camp, otherwise they threatened us of dire consequences" said Manzoor Ahmad, a volunteer running the relief camp. "Following the threat, we closed the relief activity."
As per the record maintained by the volunteers, around 700 attendants and patients were being provided lunch and dinner. The police action has left hundreds of attendants and patients in great distress.
"During these hard days, when all the shops are closed and roads presenting a deserted look, these volunteers took care of us. They provided us lunch and dinner and even gave us free medicines. Such a gesture saved us from great agony," said Haji Muhammad Ramzan of Uri, who along with his relatives is attending to a patient at Baramulla district hospital.
According to organizers of the camp, initially Red Cross authorities too participated in the relief activity at least for two days and there were no problem for running the relief activity, "however after 27 days of our hard efforts to ensure that patients and their attendants don't face any problem, the authorities have suddenly ordered us to close the relief camp."
When contacted, Imtiyaz Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, said, "I don't know of any such development."