Locals of various areas of Srinagar city have expressed their anger after paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force ‘occupied’ marriage halls at multiple locations, reports said on Friday.
The locals urged the administration to provide accommodations to the CRPF stating that keeping the forces personnel in civilian areas will pose a threat to locals.
As per reports, CRPF men occupied a marriage hall in the Shutrashahi area of Srinagar where locals staged protests.
The locals said that children would play in the premises of marriage halls while marriage functions and other functions are held in these halls. “We were shocked to see CRPF in large numbers camping in the marriage hall. Normally such things happen during election time, but this time around, there is no election on cards. We were totally surprised to see CRPF men along with their belongings occupying the marriage hall,” said a local resident of the Shutrashahi area of Srinagar, adding that “occupying marriage hall will pose a great risk to locals living in the area.”
“This area is already congested and the marriage hall is just a few hundred meters away from the civil secretariat and District Police Lines Srinagar. Keeping CRPF in a marriage hall has already triggered fear among locals living here,” said another resident.
The locals appealed to the LG Manoj Sinha-led administration to provide alternate accommodation to the CRPF instead of lodging them in marriage halls.
Locals of the Ilahibagh-Malbagh area of Srinagar outskirts also alleged that CRPF were lodged in a marriage hall in their locality, adding that the government is putting the local population at great risk by accommodating troops in marriage halls.
“Marriage halls are for locals, not CRPF. We fail to understand that despite having huge infrastructure at its disposal, why marriage halls were chosen for accommodating CRPF personnel,” said an elderly local.
Talking to news agency KNO, CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Abhiram said that first of all, CRPF has no authority to occupy any government or private building. “Providing accommodation to us is the sole prerogative of the administration and police. Administration may have used these places (marriage halls) for the short and temporary stay of CRPF men,” he said.