Kupwara residents jubilant over camp’s relocation

SRINAGAR: The residents of Kupwara are jubilant over the removal of an army camp from the north Kashmir district’s Zirhama area after 27 year.
The residents said the soldiers of the 160 Territorial Army of India stationed in the camp were given marching orders on Tuesday evening.
The army, as per the residents, occupied the site around 27 years ago. Being very close to the civilian area, the people have been demanding its relocation since long, they said.
On August 5, the soldiers in the camp fired at the pro-freedom protesters and injured several of them. The people raised the issue with the top officials of police, who, they said, have carried forward their demand.
“We are so happy to see the army depart. Now, we can walk freely. We are thankful to the officials for their help,” a resident said.
Superintendent of police, Kupwara, Shamshar Hussain Manhas, it was a small camp that has now been relocated.

(with inputs from Firdous Ahmad)

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