2 Former CMs Oppose Marriage Hall Conversion Into Garrisons

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the security situation in Kashmir had “regressed” to such an extent that community halls built during his tenure as chief minister of the erstwhile state were being used as barracks for security forces.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar Abdullah wrote: “My Government built community/marriage halls & demolished bunkers in Srinagar. It’s disappointing to see the security situation in the city has now regressed so far that new bunkers have are being constructed & the marriage halls are being used as barracks for security forces.”

His remarks came after reports of community halls or marriage halls being taken over by the CRPF here.

Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also lashed out at the government over the move, and said every day more “draconian” laws are brought in with the sole purpose of “suffocating” people into silence.

“After placing security bunkers at every nook & corner of Srinagar, CRPF personnel have been pushed into marriage halls which is the only private space left for people here. Every day more draconian laws are brought in with the sole purpose of suffocating people into silence,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

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