Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Thursday called for removal of armed forces’ camps from civilian areas, terming them “a source of nuisance and harassment for locals.”
In a statement, Hurriyat spokesperson said, “We support demand of people for removal of these camps which have come in every nook and corner in Kashmir.”
Expressing concern over setting up of new forces camps in nook and corner of state, Hurriyat said: “It is highly condemnable.”
“Such camps in civilian areas are source of strain between forces and people, and these camps are nuisance. They create needless interference in routine work of adjacent population,” Hurriyat said while stressing their demand to shift forces camps.
Establishing these camps in civilian areas is against international norms and tantamount to rights violation, Hurriyat added.
Appealing international community and organizations for human rights, Hurriyat urged them to take notice of the presence of these camps and play their role to secure the citizen rights.
Expressing deep concern over the reports pouring in from different civilian localities, a spokesman said that forces and SOG personnel during search operations in Palpora, Pistona Pulwama and Arizal Beerwa ransack properties, humiliate and thrash inmates to pulp injuring seriously Bashir Ahmad Hajjam, Sameera Banu and dozens of other, saying people have suffered immensely since past several years and continue to bear the “severe brunt of Kashmir’s forcible control.”
“Hundreds of people mostly our youth have been killed, while even children and women are not spared,” Hurriyat said.
“Due to this anti-Kashmir operation, every second day, a cordon-and-search operation is launched in some area and the people are tormented and harassed and when they protest against it, they are fired upon, killed, injured or arrested,” Hurriyat said.
“You can’t break our resolve and dampen our spirits,” said Hurriyat, while suggesting Indian leadership to take measures to resolve issue as per people’s aspirations and shun its dictatorial, stubborn and haughty approach.
“People are not afraid of state power and threats, nor will they budge, instead will carry and follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds, said Hurriyat.
Meanwhile, a high-level deputation of Hurriyat Conference comprising of Mohd Maqbool Ganai, Gh Rasool Ganai and Manzoor Ahmad visited grieved families of slain youth Tauseef Ahmad Wagey, Zahid Rashid, Amir Fayaz and Ishfaq Ahmad Wani and paid tributes on their first martyrdom anniversary.
The deputation hailed their supreme sacrifices saying that these youths laid their lives for a supreme cause.