Army Enforces Shutdown In Pampore

Army Enforces Shutdown In Pampore

9 July 2012
Rising Kashmir
Suhail A Shah

Pampore: The shopkeepers of Kadlabal area in Pampore have alleged that after recent killing of army men in a militant attack in the area, troops have been enforcing shutdown in the market and even not allowing medical shops to open. The locals alleged that 50 RR personnel have increased patrolling in the market after July 7 militant attack in which one army man was killed and another injured. They said the army men have warned shopkeepers of dire consequences in case they open shops and commercial establishments. “The army men have told us that we must observe the customary four day mourning for the deceased Army man as we do for our family members,” said a shopkeeper from the area. Another shopkeeper, pleading anonymity, said there is fear psychosis among the people and nobody wants to be beaten by army men. “We have been forced to follow the army diktat,” he said. The shopkeepers said even though police intervened and asked Army to clear the market place, they still don’t feel safe because army men even warned them today of dire consequences if they opened the shops. “I was there for two and a half hours today. After asking army men to leave the marketplace, I tried to convince the shopkeepers to open their establishments. However, they were not ready to do so,” SHO Pampore, Rashid Akbar told Rising Kashmir. He said safeguarding lives of people and their property was their prime concern. “I will make sure that the establishments open tomorrow and normalcy returns to the busy Kadlabal market”. However, army has denied the allegations. “I have been personally monitoring the situation and I am ensuing that ethos of our modus operandi are not compromised with. Whenever an operation is launched, it is being ensured that civilians don’t suffer,” General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force R R Nimbhorkar. He said after July 7 militant attack, army patrolling in the area has been increased. “This may be the reason of the panic.