Setting Up of New Army Camp in Shopian Village Irks Locals

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Image result for Indian Army Camp in Shopian Village Irks LocalsIndian Army has set up a new military camp in Nagisharan village of Shopian district, causing fear among the people.

According to media sources, residents of Nagisharan village told media that ten years ago the old army garrison was dismantled but now the army has set up a new camp at the same place. They said that they were surprised to find a new army garrison in the village on Tuesday morning. Ten years ago, the army camp was operating from the premises of a private school, the villagers said. The army has now occupied more land around the old site to set up their new camp, they added. The locals said that the military garrison was surrounded with residential houses, creating a sense of fear among the people living there. They also said that they were confused why the garrison had come again to their village. The new army camp is located on Shopian-Islamabad Road. Locals said that ten years ago this stretch of road was infamous for army soldiers harassing passers-by. “We used to take an alternative road to avoid being harassed by the army men,” a taxi driver from the area said.  The Bihibag Army camp is another major army garrison in the area. Villagers said that the army had set up tents in the village for the new garrison. At nearby Pahnoo village, the army continues to occupy about four kanals of land of the University of Science and Technology that it took over during the 2016 mass uprising. The army has not vacated the land despite assuring the university that they will vacate the land by April 2017.On the other hand, following the killing of six Indian policemen including an SHO in an attack in Achabal area of Islamabad on June 17, Indian police have decided to provide bullet-proof vehicles to all Station House Officers (SHOs) and Sub Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs) by August this year.

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