Srinagar: Two years after the killing of a local engineering youth, Gowhar Nazir Dar, allegedly by the CRPF, government has failed to shift the Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) camp at HMT in Srinagar outskirts despite the repeated demand of locals and ruling PDP’s Batamaloo.
Gowhar, 21, was allegedly killed by CRPF men of the same camp on November 07, 2015 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Kashmir visit.
After the local demand for the removal of the CRPF camp situated inside Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) factory at Zainakote, local lawmaker wrote a letter to state home department asking withdrawal of the CRPF troops from the area.
However, the government has not made any effort for the removal of the camp from the area.
“I raised the genuine demand but after the situation turned bad in Kashmir in 2016 the process stopped,” MLA Batamaloo, Sheikh Noor Muhammad told Kashmir Reader.
When asked why it is being delayed, Noor Muhammad said, “This is Jammu and Kashmir, unlike other states. There are a lot of complexities due to the prevailing situation.”
MLA Batamaloo further said that he is not currently following the case but his demand for the removal of the CRPF camp remains intact.
“The issue was raised by the public and at that time local MLA showed concern. But later Chief Minister sought time so that they will find alternate land for relocation of CRPF camp,” said, Nazir Ahmad Dar, father of slain youth.
After the killing, a magisterial probe by additional deputy commissioner Srinagar, was ordered.
“The inquiry report has been submitted but the justice is yet to be delivered,” said Dar. The inquiry report was not made public.
As per official sources, the government never considered removal of the camp from the area.
“The file is pending somewhere but as of now there are no plans to follow the request of the local people or the concerned MLA,” a top official said, on the condition of anonymity.
“After the 2016 unrest in the valley, we can say it is impossible at this time that the camp will be lifted,” the official said.
The HMT watch factory, now-defunct, was set up in 1971 at Zainakote.