Habba Kadal Thrashing: FIR Registered, Locals Demand Removal of CRPF Camp



Habbakadal Protest 1
KL Images: Bilal Bahadur

A complete shutdown was Thursday observed in Habba Kadal area of Old city Srinagar against the CRPF personnel who according to the locals ‘thrashed’ two residents ransacked shops and damaged several vehicles in the area on Wednesday late evening.

All the shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the day while the residents who blocked all the roads in the area were not allowing any vehicle to ply.

The residents who also staged protest in the forenoon were chanting slogans against the CRPF troopers and were demanding to vacate the camp soon.

Habbakadal Protest

“It is not the first tome when CRPF ransacked shops and damaged vehicles but it is the routine in the area. They always thrash locals here and damage vehicles,” the residents said.

They said that despite tall claims of the MLA concerned that the camp will be vacated; the locals continue to face tough due to such kind of incidents.

They said that until and unless the authorities won’t take a call to vacate them from the area, they will continue to observe shutdown.

“We appeal Divisional commissioner Asgar Samoon and Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone to intervene into the matter ad redress the genuine demands soon.

Police have also lodged an FIR against the erring CRPF personnel while the investigation is going on.

Habbakadal Protest 2

Meanwhile, MLA Habba Kadal, Shameema Firdous said that she is going to approach Divisional Commissioner, Asgar Samoon in this regard. “I assure people that the CRPF camp will be vacated soon from the area and compensation will be given to the locals who suffered loss in the incident,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Front Thursday strongly condemned the beating of people and ransacking of houses at the hands of the forces in Habbakadal area of Srinagar.

Terming the act as shameless act of hooliganism, National Front spokesperson said, “the men in uniform have been given every freedom to harm Kashmiris on one pretext or the other.” “Indian forces yesterday evening smashed dozens of vehicles, broke windows of houses, ransacked households and beat dozens of people in Habbakadal area.” (KNS/CNS)

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