The restrictions increased, the civil administration began talks with the Army, so that the lives and livelihood of civilians are not affected.
A year after Uri attack the lives of the local residents have changed, with strict security measure in place. During the early morning terror attack, 19 soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists at the Infantry Brigade headquarters, Uri. Today, the movement of civilian vehicles is strictly monitored, and completely barred at night. Also, their are charred barracks all over the place. As per Indian Express report, the roads that branch off the main road and passes through the Brigade headquarters can no longer be used by villagers after dusk. Moreover, the Army golf course area is also secured by a fence. At the end of the course, lie the barracks that were the scene of the attack on September 18 last year. Dr Sagar D, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Uri tehsil told IE,”The Army holds control over the main road leading to the villages closer to the border and that is shut down at 6 pm.” However, the Army denied to comment.
Locals told IE that for nearly six months the Uri-Santra-Mike road that connects the town to 25 villages was closed and entry restricted. Sagar said,”We had to send a legal notice to the Army to open the road because the lives of people in these areas were severely affected and we had to do something about it.”
The SDM also told IE that as the restrictions increased, the civil administration began talks with the Army, so that the lives and livelihood of civilians are not affected. The Army shuts its gates at 6 pm, allowing residents to pass through to villages beyond the cantonment until 8 pm after frisking and identity checks. The gates are opened again at 6 am.
Notably, locals say that in time of emergencies they are let through even after the daily deadline. However, those who reach late have to spend time in Uri before moving on to their villages. Meanwhile, J&K Police have increased their public outreach, the report added.