Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (G) on Thursdaydemanded removal of army camps from the civilian localities saying that the forces were “largely involved in harassment of people” in Kashmir.
The conglomerate appealed the international community to “take steps for the protection of Kashmiri people from the oppression of Indian army and use their influence to protect the civilian rights of the common people here”.
In a statement, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said a delegation from Logripora Sopore visited their office and “complained” that the presence of army at Wadoora and Pazaalpora camps has made their life hell.
According to the statement, the delegation said: “The army has started night patrolling in the area and during that time they forcibly enter the residential houses where they harass people, ransack properties and take away the items coming in their way.”
“The Logripora village is their prime target. In the intervening night of October 14 and 15, the army personnel forcibly entered many houses of the village including the house of Mohammad Afzal Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Abdul Majeed Lone. They ransacked their properties and harassed the people present in the said houses.”
The spokesman said the action of the army has sent a “terror wave” in the entire area and people don’t understand for what crime they were being punished.
The delegation, according to the spokesman, said these incidents have terrified the school going children “who are now hesitating to go to schools”.
“The women avoid going to the fields and orchards because of the presence of Indian army there. The army personnel are always drunk; they abuse and pass indecent remarks on every passerby.”
They accused the civil administration of maintaining silence over the issue and not coming to protection of the common people.
The Hurriyat(G) while expressing concern over the issue said that the presence of army camps in the civilian areas is “clear violation of the international laws” and their presence has created many serious issues for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Demanding complete removal of the army camps from civilian areas, the Hurriyat spokesman said the civil government of the state is “just for show”. “The Jammu and Kashmir is virtually operated and ruled by the army and police,” the spokesperson added.