SHOPIAN: Adding to its presence in Shopian district, Army has set up another camp at Dachoo, Nagbal village, barely a kilometer from the existing garrison at Dobipora. Earlier three newly garrisons were set up by army at three different villages of the district.
Villagers from Dachoo protested the setting up of the camp near their village on Tuesday morning.
Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that protestors pelted stones on forces but could not stop the setting up of new camp.
“They recently built a camp in Dobipora village which is one kilometre away from village and now they set up another which depicts frustration of forces,” a local resident said.
People in Shopian are fearful about the setting up of more and more army camps in village areas.
“Constructing more and more camps in village areas curtails the normal movement of people, mostly women. People in village areas were dependent on horticulture but due to the setting of more and more camps their work would be disturbed and role of women folk to help their men will decline,” an elderly retired government official from Nagbal area said.
Senior superintendent of Police Shopian, S A Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that he was not in position to talk to about army affairs.
“Army needs permissions from Revenue department not from police, it is better to talk to army officials,” he said.
Srinagar based defense spokesman of Army, Rajesh Kalia said the new camp was “routine re- deployment based on operational requirements”.