ISLAMABAD: Residents of Sopore town and its adjoining areas have said that they face harassment at the hands of Indian troops and police personnel during siege and search operations and patrolling.
The residents of Shuwa, Dooru, Dangerpora, Tujjar, Brath, Mundji, Kralteng and Takiabal areas of Sopore said that they faced extreme inconvenience and harassment during patrolling by the forces’ personnel, Kashmir Media Service reported.
“We are scared due to continued forces’ patrolling. We are not able to venture out from our houses at Sehri and Iftaar time,” a resident of Dooru told a local wire agency. “Fear is visible on the face of every person of our area,” he added.
Another resident, Muhammad Altaf, said, “Due to patrolling, our mothers and sisters feel insecure when we go out for praying in local mosques and as a result we are unable to concentrate on prayers in this holy month of Ramadan.”
Pertinently, the personnel of Indian Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had intensified conducting of siege and search operations and patrolling in Sopore and its peripheries after the attacks by unidentified persons against telecom employees as well as civilians.
Six people including four Hurriyet activists were killed by unknown assailants in a few weeks, despite heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel in the town. Hurriyet leaders and locals had termed the killings as handiwork of Indian secret agencies and their armed agents.