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“Threatening to shoot”: Civilians accuse IAF over its alleged “Trespassers will be shot” posters in Shillong

Shillong, Feb 1 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been accused of “threatening to shoot” civilians if found in the campus of Eastern Air Command headquarters at Upper Shillong in Meghalaya.
The Federation of Khasi-Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) has alleged that the IAF has pasted posters “Trespassers will be shot” along the boundary wall of the headquarters of the Eastern Air Command located at Upper Shillong, threatening to shoot trespassers.
“We understand that trespassing into any high security premises is a criminal offence, but this kind of threat of use of force by shooting has caused concern among local residents as none of them so far have any ill-will against the IAF or has there been any case of trespassing into the IAF premises since the Eastern Air Command was shifted to the area since June 1963,” the FKJGP stated in its petitioned to East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Matsiewdor War Nongbri on Friday.
The FKJGP asked the district administration to take up the matter with the IAF so that such kind of unnecessary fear is removed and also to ensure that the age-old good relationship between the defence forces and civilians of the area is maintained and respected.
“The people of the area are simple villagers who have no bad intention against anybody let alone the IAF,” the Federation said.
Moreover, the FKJGP said people of the area would daily move outside the boundary wall for their day-to-day activities and any error of judgement by either the simple villagers or the armed IAF personnel could result in fatality given the threat already given in such IAF posters.
The IAF has, however, denied the allegations of issuing threat.
“It is not a threat. It is warning and information, which is normal for all military establishments, which have closed compounds,” Defence PRO wing commander Ratnkar Singh said.
“Also, the village heads have already been sensitised and prior intimation has already been sent to the SP of East Khasi Hills district,” he said.

Via UNI-India

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