Thursday, March 17, 2011


Srinagar, Mar 17 (Only Kashmir): With further improvement in the overall situation, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today removed 12 roadside bunkers in the downtown and uptown areas of the city.
With this, a total of 39 bunkers were removed in the city so far.
"We removed 12 bunkers, particularly in the downtown, Batmaloo and uptown areas of the city today," a CRPF spokesman Prabhkhar Tripathi told UNI.
He said as announced by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the roadside bunkers to be removed were identified by the authorities.
"We have withdrawn our personnel and removed these bunkers from Rainawari, Hawal and other downtown areas, he said, adding one bunker was removed at Batmaloo.
Mr Tripathi said the bunkers were constructed on the directions of the local administration to thwart any militant attempt to cause disturbances.
These were also removed as per the instructions from the local administration, he said, adding the CRPF was entirely at the disposal of the state administration, who can use the force as and when require.
He said the CRPF was to help the local police in maintaining the law and order and also to fight against militants.
He said the removal of bunkers started last year when 16 roadside bunkers were removed. Later eleven more were removed and today 12 were withdrawn.
There are still about a dozen bunkers in the city, he said adding the Road Opening Party (ROP) will remained deployed in the summer capital to maintain law and order.
The Interlocutors in their recommendations has, among other things, urged the government to remove bunkers from some civilian areas.
The separatist organisations have also demanded withdrawal of security forces from the civilian areas in the Kashmir valley.


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