Jammu: National Conference (NC) members on Saturday staged a walk-out from the House in protest against the establishment of a new camp by the Indian army’s 2RR in southern Kashmir.
The issue of the establishment of a new camp is being resented by the local populace of Shamshipora in Homshalibugh area of Kulgam district and it cropped up in the Legislative Assembly as well, for the second day on Saturday.
NC MLA Homshalibugh Abdul Majeed Larmi asked the government to inform the House whether the Indian army was vacating the land it had occupied in Kulgam or not.
The Indian army has occupied a sports ground in Shamsipora area and a receiving station is located near it, Larmi told the House as he raised the concern.
“People have gathered there at Shamsipora as security forces have occupied land; they have not left the area yet and three days have passed and government has done nothing,” Larmi told the House, pressing the government to issue a statement.
“There is a sports ground and a receiving station; the occupation of land is an important issue,” Larmi told the House.
“Some people had gone there yesterday and done politics over the issue,” Larmi said in apparent reference to the protest demonstration independent MLA Er Rasheed held on Friday. “I don’t know who sent him there, either you or they,” he added, without further explanation.
The issue was raised by Larmi as he pressed the Speaker to give him time for “point of information”. He was disallowed, and PDP MLA Shah Mohammad Tantray was asked to raise the question.
“It is a people’s issue,” Larmi shouted in the House.
“Will army go or not; will it vacate the land or not,” he asked the government. “Tell us clearly.”
Tantray yelled at Larmi to sit down and let him speak, which enraged the MLA Homshalibugh.
“Don’t diktat me; you cannot do so,” Larmi responded forcibly and walked into the well.
He told the Speaker to direct the government to issue a statement or he would carry out a sit-in protest in the well.
However, Parliamentary Affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told the House that the government had sought details of the issue.
Veeri also told the House that the DC and SSP Kulgam are at Shamsipora where the Indian army wants to establish “a temporary camp”.
“Locals are telling us that army wants to occupy playground,” Veeri said. “Officials are on-spot and they are looking into the matter.”
Later, during the second sitting when Larmi asked for the government statement and the status of negotiations between the Army and the civil administration, the Speaker told him: “Aap roz yehi drama kartay ho (you are staging the same drama every day).” This remark enraged the NC, whose members walked out of the House in protest.