Lawmaker spearheads protest against establishing of Army camp


Srinagar: Awami Itehad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Saturday led a protest of Jablipora residents to seek removal of Army camp being established in the area.

The protesters assembled outside Srinagar’s Press Enclave and staged protest outside Srinagar’s Press Enclave against efforts of 2-RR to establish a camp at Jablipora.   

The protesters were displaying placards and were chatting slogans against the government.

The protesters urged Mehbooba Mufti led government to fulfill the promises of demilitarization.

Talking to media persons, the inhabitants as per the AIP statement issued here alleged that Army has occupied the playfield and the Panchayat Ghar despite the fact that there are already two camps existing in the area.

Students who also burned the leg guards and cricket bats to mark a protest against the establishing of Army Camp said that if the ground is occupied by Army, the youth will be hit badly as they have no other play ground available in the area.

Er Rasheed while talking to reporters warned the government of dire consequences if it didn’t protect the rights of inhabitants of Jablipora.

“While people are awaiting Mehbooba Mufti to fulfill her promises of demilitarization, turning South Kashmir into garrison is unacceptable and unwanted. Rather using Army to deal with the situation in towns and villages the government must deploy them at the borders and take concrete majors for resolution of the political dispute,” he said.

Er Rasheed also sought immediate arrest of all those ‘goons’ who protested ‘shamelessly’, seeking release of Deepak Khajuria, an SPO involved in rape and murder of 8 year old Aasifa.

“Saner voices of Jammu should let their heads down by the cowardly act of those who used tri-color to defend the murderers and rapists. It has happened first time that the fanatic elements have dared to do such a shameful act. The Public Safety Act was put in practice only to deal with the criminals like those supporting people like Khajuria and insulting tri-color. How can raping an eight year girl and then murdering her be an act of nationalism,” he said.

Later, a deputation from protesters met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and gave him a memorandum, urging not to establish the army camp in Jablipora.

Divisional Commissioner assured the deputation that the matter will be looked into and justice will be done with the locals within stipulated time.

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