Srinagar: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked government, police and paramilitary CRPF to file objections to a petition filed by the Hurriyat Conference (M) seeking directions to remove concertina wires from main and link roads in the Valley.
In this regarding, the commission has issued notice returnable by July 21 to Commissioner Secretary Home, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP), IGP Kashmir, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, and Inspector General CRPF, a statement by amalgam said.
The petition filed by Hurriyat’s Legal Cell Incharge Abdul Mannan Bukhari has sought directions to remove the “dangerously laid razor wires from main roads and link roads and to clear the way for pedestrians and vehicles.”
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.