Hurriyat leaders robbed of thick security cover, other freebies by J&K govt
The Jammu and Kashmir government has finally decided to withdraw security cover of four separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq with immediate effect.
The formal orders in this regard were issued by the office of Principal Secretary, Home Department on Sunday.
The order came close on the heels of a dastardly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama in South Kashmir district of Kashmir valley.
According to the state government order, “as a first step the security and allied arrangements provided to Molvi Umar Farooq, Prof Ab Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, and Shabir Ahmad Shah are withdrawn immediately”.
The state government was spending crores of rupees every year while ensuring the safety of these separatists leaders. They were provided with PSO’s and state vehicles, along with accommodation facilities, in some cases.
Immediately after the terror strike on a CRPF convoy nationwide rage was directed against the separatist leaders as they enjoyed the thick cover of security cover at the behest of taxpayers money.
During his visit to Srinagar last week Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also said that security provided to those who “receive money from Pakistan would be reviewed.”
During a high-level review meeting, the Government of India had emphasized the need to immediately review the wastage of police resources in providing unnecessary security to a large number of non-government persons in the state.
We never asked for security: Hurriyat
Reacting to the withdrawal of security from the separatist leaders, the Mirwaiz-led All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said, that the separatist leaders had never asked for security and that they had repeatedly said that the government can withdraw it.
Hurriyat leaders are the real enemies of the Kashmiris: BJP
Meanwhile, J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina Sunday welcomed the government decision to withdraw security cover of six separatist leaders and said he would “like them to be arrested and jailed” outside the state. “The Hurriyat people are the real enemies of the Kashmiris and they are the ones who ruined the valley. Their security has been withdrawn is a welcome step and I would like them to be arrest and lodged in Tihar and Jodhpur jails (in Delhi and Rajasthan, respectively),” state BJP chief Raina said.
Describing Hurriyat leaders as “sinners”, Raina alleged that they were the ones responsible for the killings in Pulwama.
“If Kashmir is facing terrorism today it is because of (Syed Ali Shah) Geelani, Mirwaiz (Umar Farooq), Shabir Shah and Yaseen Malik,” Raina said. Their own children are studying in London and enjoying in Europe and they have properties in Dubai but are instigating Kashmiri children to pelt stones and orchestrating innocent killings,” he alleged.
Shabir Shah is serving a jail term, not in a list of protectees: JKDFP
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party on Sunday said its chief Shabir Shah was never provided any security by the state. In a statement, the JKDFP said that Shah, currently undergoing detention at Tihar jail in New Delhi, was never provided any kind of government security. “…so the announcement of withdrawing it is nothing but a big lie,” read the statement. Security cover was, however, deployed outside his residence in Srinagar where his family resides.
Hashim Qureshi’s name was added after this post was published.
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