Srinagar 14 March 2011: The Indian Army has started another ‘census’ operation on its own, this time in Baramulla.
Sources told a local news agency PBI that on Saturday the Army’s 52 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) visited Hevan village in the north Kashmir district’s Narwan area, demanding names and other details of the residents. Each family was reportedly asked to furnish the number of family members, their names, occupation, gender, etc.
Similarly, the sources added, the 52 RR men carried out a ‘census’ in the adjoining Kalyban village today, telling locals that they would be visiting the village tomorrow as well for completion of the ‘census operation’.
Last month, the Army conducted a ‘census’ for days in the volatile Sopore town, infuriating locals. The residents were asked to submit the names and contact details of their family members on forms. The census was completed by Army City Colony B and C, Noorabad and Shalimar colony, Baghat, Iqbal colony, Batpora and Chinkipora and other areas.
Not just the residents, but the traders were also put under scanner in the Apple town. Army, the locals had said, frequently visited various markets and photographed the shopkeepers. with inputs from PBI