3 security force bunkers removed from Handwara market on locals’ demand

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016 12:37 IST
The army bunkers in Handwara main market were removed to vacate the premises for a public park. (PTI file photo)

Three security force bunkers in Handwara’s main market were removed on Tuesday by municipal authorities, fulfilling one of the long pending demands of local residents of the town in north Kashmir.

“Three bunkers, which were constructed on top of shops in Handwara main market, have been removed by municipal authorities,” a police official said.

He said the main bunker, located in the round-about of the main market, has also been vacated and taken over by municipal authorities.

“This bunker will also be demolished and the task will be completed by 2pm today,” the official said.

The municipal authorities also erected a board on the premises of the bunker, marking the place for conversion into a public park.

The locals had been demanding removal of the bunkers for quite sometime but the army had put its foot down, saying it was strategically important for the troops.

However, the demand for removal of these bunkers intensified after last week’s violence triggered by alleged molestation of a girl by an army soldier.

Three persons were killed in security forces firing while dealing with the protestors.

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