Army says it is willing but awaiting alternate space
Anantnag: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag, Muhammad Younis Malik, on Saturday sent a written communication to the army, “requesting” them to vacate the play field they have occupied for establishing a camp in the district’s Shamsipora area.
The letter comes after two consecutive days of protests by Shamsipora residents outside the DC’s office.
Malik sent the protesting locals home on Friday with an assurance that the army would vacate the site by that evening.
The army, however, is staying put as residents have been edgy all the while.
On Saturday, Malik wrote to the 2nd Rashtriya Rifles (RR) commandant, requesting him to vacate the land as the unit’s presence might create law and order problems.
“Reportedly your unit is installing a camp at Sports Stadium Shamsipora Tehsil Anantnag. The general public of the area is vehemently opposed to installation of the camp on the plea that the stadium is surrounded by villages who will face various kinds of inconveniences,” reads the letter, a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader.
It further reads that there is every apprehension of a law and order problem in the area.
“Therefore, to avoid law and order problem you are requested to vacate the camp immediately from the stadium land of Shamsipora,” the letter, number DMA/PA/2017/1612-14 dated January 20 2018, reads.
The deadlock however continued for several hours after the letter was sent by the DC.
The army, on the other hand, wants an alternate space in exchange for their vacating the recently occupied stadium.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force, Major Gen B S Raju, told Kashmir Reader that discussions between the DC and the local commander were on.
“Let us see what the outcome of the discussion is,” Raju said, adding that the army will have no issues in relocating if provided an alternate space by the district administration.