1800 civilian buildings still occupied by Forces in J&K

Srinagar, Apr 10: Military and paramilitary forces deployed in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir still continue to occupy 1800 government and private buildings, though 1300 such camps and posts have been cleared in the past eight years, officials said.
The state’s present coalition government claims to have built 357 barracks and 156 brick structures to house shifted personnel, apparently reversing a trend where a huge influx of military and paramilitary forces had witnessed the occupation of nearly 3209 buildings.
This included 764 government and 2445 private buildings, most of them residential houses, in the decade following the onset of militancy in Kashmir.
According to the state’s home department, the army continues to hold around 567 buildings while around 1300 are under the paramilitary forces.
The occupied buildings include 1561 residential houses, official figures say.
The Firdous Cinema in downtown Srinagar is the only movie theatre in Kashmir to have been delivered of CRPF occupation last year, but eight others continue to house paramilitary camps, as do around 79 hotels at various tourist spots of the valley.
Shifting more forces from civilian areas and buildings is like to figure discussions between the state government and the union home minister during the latter’s ongoing visit.

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