Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) on Monday submitted a petition before State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) seeking directions to the civil administration, police and CRPF to remove concertina wires from main and link roads in the Valley.
Making Commissioner Secretary Home, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP), Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, and Director General CRPF as respondents, the petition prayed to issue directions to them to remove the “dangerously laid razor wires from main roads and link roads and to clear the way for pedestrians and vehicles.”
“Any other direction or order which this Commission deems feasible and fit in the attending circumstances of the case, be also passed in favor of petitioner and against the respondents in the larger interests of law and justice,” the petition added.
The petition also said the state authorities have adopted the razor wire as means to curb the freedom of movement of the people.
“Whenever people want to protest against the human rights violations, the most visible thing which meets the eye apart from the gun trolling soldiers are the bundles of razor and concertina wire,” said the petition.
It said that with these wires spread everywhere Srinagar and other major towns in the Valley “give an impression of war declared against the common people”.
“The problem is not the just razor or concertina Wire. The problem is militarization and razor wire is just its little manifestation,” said the petition.
Citing examples where the people including children have received injuries with these wires in the recent past, the petition said that “the spools of concertina/ razor wires may be source of relief of the government forces, but the common man continues to bear the brunt of the harmful wires spread on roads, footpaths, and busy marketplaces in every nook and corner of the valley.”
The petition said that Srinagar Municipal Corporation has also send a letter to IGP, CRPF asking them to remove these wires from roads to clear way for free movement of people as they cause injuries to the women, children and elderly.
“Despite the fact of sustaining of the grievous injuries by human(s) particularly the children of tender age, the police couldn’t prove its worth to do needful by registration of FIRs against the CRPF and to take rhetorical efforts for protecting the people from being injured by these dangerously laid razor/concertina wires,” the petition added.
The petition also prayed before the Commission that the respondents be asked to explain their position as to why they have failed to take cognizance into this “serious issue” so far.
“And accordingly they be asked as to why action as envisaged under law shall not be initiated against them for their failure in action into the above stated matter,” said the petition.