According to a report in The Print, J&K Police tried to rent property in Downtown Srinagar for paramilitary personnel in view of the approaching winter.
Some residents claimed that police harassed them, when they refused to rent their premises and threatened them. Police denied the allegations of harassment but acknowledged that some officers met residents to rent a property.
According to residents of Rainawari, tensions triggered by revoking Article 370, amplified by recent police visits. “On their first visit, police told us that the government wanted to rent our homes so that CRPF troopers can stay here,” said a woman.
Another woman said the attempt to “take away our homes” had worsened the complicated situation. It brought on by “regular night raids wherein police try to grab our boys”. She added that last weeks has been particularly aggressive.
Tens of thousands of paramilitary personnel, including members of the CRPF and the BSF, deployed in the Valley in the days. Preceding the Modi government’s move to scrap Article 370, which gave the state a level of autonomy, on 5 August.
As of now, the personnel is either staying at battalion camps or government buildings. In some places, the forces have taken over vacant or under-construction homes and buildings.