KL NEWS NETWORK
The government on Friday revealed that since 2009, the government has been able to remove 84 camps of security forces and bunkers from across Kashmir.
Srinagar topped the list with removal of 41 bunkers and 10 bunkers. The revelations came in response to former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s question seeking details of the security camps as on January 2009.
The government said Kashmir had a total of 258 security camps and 18 bunkers. Srinagar city was topping the list with 117 camps and 11 bunkers. Sopore was playing second fiddle with 35 camps of the security forces. Kulgam was at No 3 with 27 camps, Pulwama had 21 and Islamabad had 13 camps.
All other Kashmir districts had camps in single digits: Ganderbal had one, Baramulla and Kupwara had four each, Shopian and Awantipore had five each, Bandipore had nine and Handwara had three camps.
As far as removal of these camps is concerned, the government said Srinagar witnessed removal of 41 camps and 10 bunkers in last eight years. Eight camps were removed from Kulgam, five each from Pulwama and Shopian, two each from Awantipora, Kupwara and Bandipora as Handwara and Islamabad had removal of one camp each.
Year 2010 witnessed the removal of highest number of camps – 22, followed by 19 in 2011 and 15 in 2012. The government said only five camps were removed in 2015 and one in 2016 during the PDP-BJP government.