Kupwara Dist Admin under Pressure to Rehabilitate Tattoo Ground Garrision: Rasheed, ‘Vacation a Drama’


Engineer Rasheed
Engineer Rasheed

Independent Legislator Er Rasheed Friday termed the decision to vacate the land at Tattoo ground and elsewhere by army “nothing” but a drama and an “eyewash”.

In a statement issued here, he reacted sharply to the proposal of providing alternate land to army in Kupwara and added that government needs to understand that Kupwara is already a highly “militarized zone”.

Rasheed said, “The tourist destinations of Kupwara and other prestigious offices and buildings are already under army’s control. While whole state needed demilitarization, Kupwara should have been the top most priority but to befool world community government decided to vacate some land at Tattoo ground and elsewhere but the reliable sources reveal that top brasses have been pressurizing district administration Kupwara to provide alternate land at Sogam, Cherkout, Hirri and Panzgam for the displaced army.”

He said, “It would have been appreciable to reduce the number of troops but shifting the huge garrison from Tattoo ground to Kupwara would mean nothing except further complicating the issues and adding to the miseries of Kupwara people.”

Rasheed said that while other districts have been getting prestigious institutions like medical college, IIT, IIM, AIIMS etc. Kupwara doesn’t have even a nursing college or a railway line. “It seems that rather than resolving problems of this most effected district due to turmoil of past 25 years govt. has decided to convert this district into a huge garrison, but all these measures will be resisted strongly.”


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