Republic Day Brings Miseries To Kashmir’s
Going by every street & lane of Kashmir, you have to answer the queries from security personnel deployed at every nook & corner ahead of the republic day like what is your name? Where from are you coming & where are you going and the like. Security bandobast is tightened at-least ten days ahead of the Day. This time also the security personnel deployed in abundance in comparison to previous years have adopted the same way of putting the common people to great inconvenience. The security has been beefed & the road leading to the main venue Bakshi stadium has been closed in view of security measures .The residents adjacent to the main venue have been asked to register there specific information regarding the number of family members & also to register the guest if any present. Vehicular traffic is also off from the roads by 5.00pm & the streets wore a deserted look after that with business being much affected as everybody prefers to remain indoors in view of the frisking & searches being carried out by security forces. The people from outside state with mostly labour community from Bihar have been asked to register themselves also. The spurt in the recent car bombs has also shaken the entire security apparatus & now every possible measure has been taken by the security forces to make the republic day parade smooth & free from any possible attack. “Such type of security measures were in the initial years of the militancy when women’s were also frisked on the roads by the security forces & this time the situation is same said one Rameez Mushtaq who himself was frisked by security forces”.
Accordingly security cameras have been installed at various important places for security measures. It is worth to mention here that the separatist parties including the Hurriyat conference & the militant outfits have appealed the people of Kashmir to observe complete shutdown on the republic day.
The winter capital too is under alert in wake of any disturbance on the eve of republic day. All the entry routes to the capital are under severe security cover, with the main venue MA stadium also been sealed before month .Irony is that kashmiri employees with darbar living in Govt quarters of Janipur,Subash Nagar ,Sarwal etc were not even spared here & had to face the brunt of the night searches here too .Some policeman knocked my door at about 12:00 am & asked me whether I have received any guest from Kashmir. Why police is searching only Govt quarters where Kashmiri employees are residing why not the local people of Jammu are being searched lamented one of employee.
By: Rouf Mohammad Bhat
Correspondent, Daily Afaaq