People decline Indian army’s help offer

Bemina, Iok

In occupied Kashmir, the residents of Hamdania Colony in Bemina area of Srinagar that was flooded after a breach in the flood spill channel turned down Indian Army offer of help.
A contingent of Indian Army that appeared in the area along with a Casspir mine-proof vehicle was asked by residents to leave.
The residents also did not allow the soldiers to take pictures. Pertinently, during the 2014 devastating floods, Indian Army had only rescued its soldiers, policemen and pro-India politicians and their families and left the common people at the mercy of circumstances. However, Indian media created a hype regarding the rescue work of the army that drew flak for various quarters.
“Why do we need their help? We have been helping each other since water entered the colony. We don’t want anybody to do propaganda like 2014,” Mohammad Rajab, a resident said.
As many as 26 volunteers of various organizations rushed to the spot to seal the breach with sand bags and rescue the people.
“We are monitoring the water level closely to minimize the damage,” said Atif.—KMS

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