Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: After the taking over the control of Srinagar -Muzaffarabad highway and participating in the joint strategy with police and CRPF to thwart protests in rural areas, the troopers of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) are visiting most areas of volatile Palhallan Pattan area of Baramulla and threatening the residents of dire consequences in case the schools and shops were not opened, the charges army denies.
Residents alleged that a joint column of police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and RR led by an army major today afternoon visited Palhallan, Goshbugh, Wusan and many an adjoining areas. The head of the joint column “RR major” entered into the schools of villages.
The RR officer allegedly met the village heads and other eminent residents and ordered them to ensure that schools and shops are open on strike days sponsored by the separatist leaders. “He said that army would not allow the people to observe the strike on the call of separatists’ leaders,” a resident of Wasun told Agence India Press over phone. The villages witnessed some civilian killings in last three months over the hands of police and CRPF. He added that the army officer threatened them of dire consequences in case they did oblige the orders.
The residents of Goshbugh alleged the coercion by the army and said that army will harass them now onwards. They added that the army has threatened them dire consequences in case the villagers take a peaceful protest demonstration.
Some of the residents of these areas alleged that army, police, and CRPF are conducting the nocturnal raids and arrest the youth. And some are asked to attend the respective nearby counterinsurgency forces RR camps.
Earlier the army has extended its fortifications well beyond their camp limits along the highway in North Kashmir. The huge buildup of army can be gauged from the fact that one has to cross more than 20 major check posts while travelling from Baramulla to Srinagar. Huge barricades have been erected all along the highway from Qazigund in South to Baramulla and Uri in North.
Army took over the control of the highways to thwart the civilian protests near the military camps and other installations called by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani however, Geelani had to withdraw its call later fearing “bloodshed” at the hands of troops across the valley.
A major check post has been erected by the troopers near Hammray Pattan near army camp. The troopers have blockaded over hundred meters of the road. The passengers had to get down from the vehicles. The troopers broadcast over a handheld microphone guides them towards a security bunker, where their curfew passes and identity cards are checked before letting the travelers go. A banner hung there with a warning “If you cross this line, you will be in trouble.”
In the Pattan town, heavy presence of Army, CRPF and policemen are visible. In the limits of Pattan Municipal Committee near railway over bridge, the stretch of the highway has been sealed by the army with a huge stone wall and concertina wire erected by the troopers of 29 RR. An Army Major with a cane in his hands checking the curfew passes and let the travelers go. Restrictions are also witnessed at Hanjiwera and Singhpora village
PRO defence 15 Corpse vehemently denied the allegations and termed it baseless. “These are baseless charges, leveled against the army to malign the image of our troops,” he said and added army has nothing to do with these things.
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