By Azim Jan
Bandipora: The residents of this north Kashmir district Wednesday complained of inconvenience due to the constant blockade of the highways by the people demanding administrative units.
Ever since the cabinet approved the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on setting up of 659 new administrative units in the state, protests and blockade of vital road links have become a regular feature in Bandipora district, locals on Wednesday said. They said that the people of the left out areas have been continuously blocking Bandipora-Srinagar and Bandipora–Sopore highways to register their protest. The protesters block Bandipora-Srinagar highway at Saderkoot Bala, Mujgund, Safapora, Chewa, Nadihal, Papchan, Ajas, Nadihal and other areas and restrict the movement of public and private vehicles. Similarly, Bandipore-Sopore highway is blocked at Kunoosa, Ashtengu, Mangnipora, Qazipora, Watpora and other areas.
“From last four days, I’ve been travelling on foot for several miles to reach my office. Protests are fine but the blockade is doing no good to people. Due to late arrival at the office, our works get disturbed and our customers also face inconvenience,” a bank manager, who insisted not to be named, told Kashmir Reader.
Ghulam Mohammad, a policeman, who is posted in Srinagar, is also ‘frustrated’ with the frequent blockade of the highway.
“The protests for a genuine cause should not make the people suffer. There are ways to hold peaceful protests other than blocking the roads and causing inconvenience to people. This should not happen,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora, Mohammad Yusuf Zargar said that the people should submit a written memorandum to his office for the redressel of their grievances.
“The road blockades don’t serve any purpose. It causes inconvenience to the people. The protesters should submit a memorandum which we can forward to higher authorities for consideration,” he added.