Shopian: The Central Reserve Police Force has set up a new camp at Bapora village in Zainapora Sub-District of Shopian, barely a kilometre from an existing CRPF camp on Horticulture department’s land.
The camp, according Bapora residents, was re-established in last week of August almost two decades of its removal from the area. They said that the camp has been established in quarters of Irrigation and Flood Control Department situated in the Bapora village.
The raising of new camp has surprised many residents, as they said there is already a huge presence of forces in the area.
“They starting frisking here from first day when they established this camp here and mostly they do it in wee and late hours,” Javid Ahmad (name changed), resident of a neighbouring village said.
The new camp comes up amid rise in militant activities and new militant recruits in Shopian district. Sources said that the camps are part of extending “operational requirements” and upping vigil on militant activities in the area.
After the 2016 uprising, at least six army camps have already been established in the district. These include camps at Pahnoo, Chilipora, Nagisharan and Dachoo villages.
In eight months of 2018, 24 civilians, 28 militants and five policemen have been killed in the district.
CRPF Rajesh Yadav spokesman and senior Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Choudary didn’t respond to calls from this reporter.