2,768 security men withdrawn to 919 protected persons : MHA

2,768 security men withdrawn to 919 protected persons : MHA
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Withdrawal of security in election time unacceptable: BJP

Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir government has withdrawn security cover from 919 persons since it came under governor’s rule last year, freeing 2,768 police personnel and 389 vehicles for regular police duties, while Bharatiya BJP leader has raised questions over the withdrawal of security to political leaders in election time.

There are 22 Hurriyat leaders among the 919 “undeserving” persons whose security stands withdrawn, government sources said adding that this was a clear message to those in Jammu and Kashmir who indulge in anti-national activities.

The Jammu & Kashmir government earlier on Feberuary downgraded and withdrew the security of 18 Hurriyat leaders in the state. Earlier, on February 17, the state government had withdrawn the security cover of some separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“The move follows strict stance by Union Home Ministry on inappropriate usage of scarce police resources in the State. It was observed by the Centre that many undeserving persons managed to get security cover resulting in lack of State police resources for the public at large. Accordingly, Union Home Ministry directed the State Govt. that a case by case in-depth review may be taken on merits,” reads the MHA statement.

Earlier, The security of 155 political persons and activists, who did not require the security provided to them based on their threat assessment and their activities, was also withdrawn. “This includes Shah Faesal, who resigned from the IAS, and PDP’s Waheed Parra.

While as, The sitting MLC of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Ramesh Arora has raised questions over the withdrawal of security to political leaders in election time, terming it unacceptable and an attempt to increase vulnerability of politicians to militant threats during elections.

Arora urged the Governor’s administration to take seriously BJP’s demand for restoring the security to political leaders after withdrawal by the government recently.

After the Pulwama attack, the government had decided to withdraw the security cover it provided hurriyat leaders. The Jammu and Kashmir administration then also decided that all facilities provided to these leaders would also be withdrawn to give a clear message that they could not have security provided by the police and armed forces while they worked against the interests of the nation.

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