Sudden movement of Army vehicles in city centre surprises people
Sudden appearance of Army vehicles in city centre Lal Chowk on Thursday surprised people with many of them thinking that Army was called out to deal with the prevailing situation.
An elderly man, riding his bicycle, stopped for a moment at Regal Chowk after spotting Army's Casper vehicle. "Has Army taken over to handle law and order situation in Kashmir?," he asked.
Witnesses said that Army vehicles plied from Regal Chowk to Civil Secretariat in the afternoon. "They made several rounds. One of the vehicles was stationed at Regal Chowk for at least 10 minutes," they said.
With red flags fixed on the Army vehicles, a few passersby thought, that "Army has been called out to carry out a flag march."
However, sources in the Army said that it was its Road Opening Party. "The General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based Army's 15 Corps was supposed to attend the security review meet at the civil secretariat. Hence, ROP had to move around ahead of the Corps commander's visit," sources in the Army said.
Dozens of Army vehicles could be spotted outside the Civil Secretariat, who according to the sources, were part of the GoC's cavalcade. Pertinently, GoC 15 Corps attended the security review meeting at the Civil Secretariat chaired by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Defence Spokesman in Srinagar, Lt Colonel N N Joshi said that it was a routine moment of the army vehicles in the city centre. "We have many units around," Joshi said.