Pulwama: A couple of delegations met interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma here in Tral township of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
In wake of his visit, the town was turned into a virtual military garrison. Government Forces personnel including Army and SOG were deployed in large numbers to ensure peace in the town.
The massive presence of men in olive green created chaos and confusion in the town as a result majority of the shopkeepers didn’t open up their shops while transport also remained off the roads.
Indian interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma arrived in the town and interacted with a couple of delegations mostly from Awantipora. He stayed at the Office of the Municipal Committee Tral.
Sources said that these couple of delegations who met interlocutor raised local issues. A Sikh delegation demanded minority status while a local cricket team ‘Mantaqi Eleven’ from Awantipora, carrying cricketing bats demanded cricket filed for sportspersons.
Another delegation that met Sharma was from Jauvbera area of Awantipora, Pulwama. This delegation raised the issue of land that is under CRPF and Amry.
A Sikh delegation under the banner of Gurudwara Prabandakh Committee Pulwama that was led by Dr Jogindar Singh Shaan also interacted with Dineshwar Sharma. Sardar Jarnail Singh, Karan Sinah and Surinder Singh were part of the delegation.
Talking to news agency CNS, Dr Jogindar Singh Shaan said that Sharma assured them he will talk to Madam Mehbooba Mufti with regard to minority status issue.
“I categorically told the interlocutor that India is buying time while the need of the hour is to resolve Kashmir issue. I urged Interlocutor to persuade India to talk to Pakistan,” Shaan said.
“I told Dineshwar Sharma that people of Kashmir have lost faith in Indian delegations because Government of India never implements their recommendations,” Shaan said.