Massive protests in Wagoora, Er Rashid condemns use of force

KL Report

BARAMULLA

Massive protest demonstrations continued on third consecutive day on Sunday in Wagoora area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district against tehsil status granted to its adjoining village Kreeri.

People including women and children assembled in Wagoora chowk early in the morning demanding revocation of the Government order.

“Our protest will continue till the government revokes its order. Government has ignored the report of its cabinet sub-committee which had recommended Tehsil headquarter status to Wagoora,” protesters said.

To decide the location of Tehsil headquarter, the State Government in 2007 constituted a cabinet-subcommittee headed by then deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma, with cabinet ministers Nawang Rigzin Jora, Hakim Muhammad Yasin and Qazi Muhammad Afzal as members.

The protesting people said the subcommittee in its report decided to establish the Tehsil headquarter at Wagoora, which fulfills all requirements for being granted Tehsil as Naib-Tehsil office, Block Development Office and other top administrative units are already in place at Wagoora.

Meanwhile, Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president Engineer Rashid in a statement issued here asked Government to show maximum possible restrain while tackling protests in Wagoora.

He said, “Government and other political parties should not try to politicize the issue as it will create further gap, distrust and division between the inhabitants of the area. It will be proper for the Government to constitute a commission that must comprise of neutral officials and should give a patient hearing to the concerned parties before reaching to any final conclusion.”

He cautioned Government of many further conflicts in near future over the creation of new administrative units in the State, if major political parties and other stake holders do not restrain from politicizing and personalizing these issues of sensitive nature.

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