20 Kupwara villages under siege for past over two weeks

Srinagar, November 28, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the inhabitants of at least 20 villages in Hayhama area of Kupwara district are facing immense hardships for the past sixteen days due to frequent frisking and searches by Indian army and police personnel. Local residents told mediamen that since the start of military operation after the killing of a Colonel of Indian Army in an attack in the area about two weeks ago, they were subjected to frisking and identification parades almost every day.

“The normal life in the villages including Glassdaji, Manigah, Hajinaka, Birambal, Sabhaya and Soniwali, Sohipora, Shatpora, Mirnag and Hummandar has got badly disrupted due to harassment of villagers by the army and police,” they said. In the villages, Army has set-up several check-posts where commuters are asked to show their identity cards.

The locals said that they had already been confined to their houses since the start of the military operation. “A major worry for us is our cattle who are in need of fodder. We are not able to go out for grazing,” said a villager.

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