Thursday, December 30, 2010


Srinagar Dec 30 (Only Kashmir): Celebrations broke out in half-a-dozen villages of Tangmarg in the Baramulla district after a counterinsurgency unit of Army was withdrawn from the area.
Our correspondent from North Kashmir said that the residents of over half-a-dozen villages of Tangmarg on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway heaved a sigh of relief after Army’s 35 RR was withdrawn from Chandal village of the area last evening.
In 1998, Army’s JAKLI unit, locals said occupied a huge chunk of forest and migrant land and set up Army camp to counter militancy in the area. After JAKLI left in early 2000, paramilitary CRPF occupied the camp. Three years ago, the camp, locals said was taken over by Army’s 35 RR.
“The camp was a nuisance for the residents of half-a-dozen villages. Thank Allah, they have finally left,” a jubilant Abdul Majeed said.
“The Army men would harass and humiliate the villagers on the pretext of security measures. We were not even allowed peaceful protests against basic amenities by the troopers,” he added.
Majeed said that the villagers of Zandpal, Baderkote, Sharya, Takia and Wanigam celebrated the moment they were desperately waiting for.
He said as the last cavalcade of Army vehicles left the village last evening, hundreds of people poured onto to streets and expressed their joy.
Majeed urged the district administration to sanitize the camp to ensure that no explosives were left by Army in the camp.


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