‘Do not cross it, you will be shot’
Srinagar: Army in Chawalgam village of Kulgam district in south Kashmir has painted a red line in front of its camp, warning villagers: one who crosses the line would be shot dead.
On the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the message is an attempt to keep protesting villagers away from the 9 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp at Chawalgam.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that the troopers told them, “Do not dare come near the camp during protests on Burhan’s anniversary. You will be shot.” They said that the army painted a red line around the camp and “warned us not to cross it”.
They said that the army painted the red line on the right and left sides of the camp.
“We are worried as it is an open threat for villagers of Chuwalgam and adjoining villagers. If anyone comes to pass near the camp, will be killed,” said a villager.
“At first we thought it was a normal thing that army had painted the line outside the camp, but we were shocked when army warned us that nobody should cross it,” said another villager from Chuwalgam.
Defence spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Rajesh Kalia, was not available for comment.