In a protest against setting up separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits and Sainik colonies, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday led a group of protesters in Srinagar, J&K.
A few among the crowd were seen carrying Islamic State and Pakistani flags during the rally. J&K Police had to use tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The proposed move to construct Sainik colonies has become a contentious issue in J&K with the state government denying any such plan to build separate colonies for the Army personnel. The issue saw heated debates in the state assembly with Chief Minsite Mehbooba Mufti sparring with former CM Omar Abdullah. Claims and counter claims were exchange between the NC and PDP.
The NC slammed the Mehbooba Mufti government of the proposed move to build separate colonies. The PDP turned the tables by alleging that land was allotted by the previous NC government for construction of the colonies.
The issue saw separatists come together in opposition against any such move in Kashmir. At a seminar held at Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence, jointly organised by the two Hurriyat factions and the JKLF, welcomed the return of Kashmir Pandits and rejected the proposed move to set up separate colonies.