Sopore: Residents of several areas in Sopore have reported a door-to-door survey being conducted by the Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit deployed there. The army is gathering information about every family living in and around Sopore town, the residents say. The police and the civil administration deny any knowledge of a survey being carried out by the army.
Residents of Arampora area in Sopore town said that soldiers of the RR battalion arrived on March 26 and went door to door asking details of families living there.
Reports of a similar survey being carried out by the army for the past three days have come from Chinkipora, Maharajpur, Takiyabal, Syed Sultan Mohalla and Nowpora localities in Sopore.
“They inquired about our family size, names of family members, phone numbers, occupations, and even the number of family members living outside the state. The soldiers wanted to know how many servants and labourers were working for us. We have no idea why they are doing this,” a resident of Arampora said, wishing anonymity.
The head of a mohalla committee of Arampora said that on Sunday when he was at home, army soldiers came to his house and asked him about his family members. “They even asked about my son who is studying outside the state. They took my phone number before they left. I didn’t have the courage to ask them the reason behind this survey. I thought that such a survey was being carried out only in our locality, but I came to know later that the soldiers have been doing this in our neighbouring localities also,” the mohalla committee head said.
A member of the Auqaf committee of Nowpora told Kashmir Reader that the army’s survey started on Saturdayin his area and was completed on Sunday. “As I was not at home on Saturday, I came to know from my family members that the army was taking all information of every house in our locality,” he said.
When Kashmir Reader contacted SSP Sopore Harmeet Singh, he said he had no idea about this survey.
SDM Sopore Bashir Ahmad also said he did not know anything about this survey.