Srinagar, Jan 20: Government on Saturday “requested” army to vacate its camp at sports ground at Shamsipora area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir.
“Reportedly your unit is installing camp at Sports stadium Shamsipora Tehsil Anantnag. The general public of the area is vehemently opposed to installation of the camp on the plea that the stadium is surrounded by the villages who will face various kinds of inconveniences”, reads an order by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag.
The order according to news agency GNS further reads that there was every apprehension of “law and order problem” in the area.
“Therefore, to avoid law and order problem you are requested to vacate the camp immediately from the stadium land of Shamsipora.”
The letter was addressed to Commander of the concerned Sector in the area and other senior officers including Divisional Commissioner and SP concerned was informed about the matter.
From last few days, people staged massive protest demonstrations at deputy commissioner’s office in Anantnag district against the establishment of the army camp.
According to the locals, land occupied by the army was grazing land for animals and a cricket ground. It is spread over nearly 10 hectares. The location lies between the new four way lane and the railway line, they said.
“The occupied land is important for farmers and the youth for sports activities. Due to the army establishment, our daily life was bound to get affected,” the protesters had said. (GNS)