Srinagar, March 29, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Indian Army has conducted a suspicious survey in Badgam district causing concerns among the residents. Indian Army’s Rashtriya Rifles carried out a door-to-door survey in Muslimabad area in Baghat-Kanipora tehsil of the district. The exercise was carried out even without informing the police and civil administration.
The residents in Muslimabad told mediamen that the soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles recorded details of the residents and marked every surveyed house with a number on March 23. “They inquired about our family size, names of family members, phone numbers and occupations and jotted down each minute detail. We don’t know what their purpose was?” a resident said, wishing anonymity.
The locals said that the soldiers painted numbers in black on the gates or walls of the surveyed houses. Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Altaf Mir, said that the army had conducted the survey without seeking permission from the civilian authorities. “I will inquire about the survey. The soldiers did not inform the civilian administration on the survey,” he said.
Noted lawyer and former Additional Advocate General, Vishal Sharma said, the army cannot conduct any survey without the consent of the authorities. “Army has to take permission from the district administration prior to conducting any survey. If granted, it should be accompanied by police personnel from the local police station,” Sharma, who has represented the occupied territory’s home department in courts, said.
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