SRINAGAR: The army vacated on Thursday a hospital building it had been occupying for the past 19 years in a remote village of Kupwara district, Krusan (Lolab).
“Today army removed their bunkers, wire fencing and other material from the occupied hospital building. We will be able to make the building functional within a few days,” Kupwara Block Medical Officer Dr Firdous said.
The BMO said that residents are jubilant after they came to know that army has removing the bunkers. He added that the commanding officer concerned has been asked to renovate the building and pay the rent for all these years.
Sarpanch of Krusan Lolab area of Kupwara district Abdul Fateh Lone told Kashmir Reader, “We are very thankful to the press and BMO who fought for us. People were suffering. Now we will have our own health care unit.”
He said although the local lawmaker, Abdul Haq Khan had promised them that he will sort out the matter with the army, but after winning the (assembly) election he never visited this area.
Kashmir Reader had published a report, ‘Army Staying put in Hospital Building for 19 Years: Villagers Suffer’ in its 24 Mar 2016 issue. The army had termed the report baseless and also issued a clarification that the facility had been vacated by it in 2007.
However, health authorities had rejected army’s clarification, saying the building had never been handed over them despite scores of letters written all these years to various army units that had occupied the building.