KL Report


Distressed with the killing of another person in Shopian on Wednesday and the continuous pressure from public and political parties, state government finally has reportedly began the exercise of looking into the option of shifting the Gagran CRPF camp to some other location and a final decision into the matter was likely to take place in a couple of days.

Highly placed and reliable sources in the administration told a local news agency, KNS that the issue was being examined at highest level and all the stake holders including the CRPF and other law enforcing agencies have been asked for opinion which would pave way
for the shifting of the camp. If sources in the establishment are to be believed, a formal proposal in this regard has already been mooted by the Deputy Commissioner Shopian and is being seriously considered and perused at highest level.

“The Police and civil administration at highest level has almost agreed to shift the camp in principle and if everything goes as per the plan, a formal decision may come out in next two or three days,” a senior officer in the administration told KNS wishing not to be identified.

The officer, however said, that the opinion of the CRPF and some law enforcing agencies was still awaiting but stressed that the shifting of the camp was almost certain.

“The administration is looking for an appropriate location where the camp could be shifted and it was most likely that it may be shifted in the district police lines temporarily,” the sources in the administration told KNS.

Meanwhile the government was contemplating to provide the ex-gratia relief to the kin of four out of the five persons killed in the firing incidents including the Rafiq Ahmad who was killed on Wednesday for which the formalities were being finalized.

“An ex-gratia relief under SRO-43 would be given to the kin of the victims and the process for it has already began,” revealed the sources in the civil administration.

Meanwhile the state Cabinet also took a strong note of the prevailing situation in valley particularly the Shopian killings.

The cabinet also decided that the CRPF personnel would be replaced by the Jammu and Kashmir police. “The cabinet has shown strong concern over the issue and it has been decided that the JK Police would replace the CRPF personnel in the camp,” a senior minister told KNS.


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