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Withdrawal of security leaves politicians worried

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Oct 8: The withdrawal of security cover has frightened the political leaders and forced them to go underground.

As per the sources, the government has withdrawn security to, at least, 71 political leaders, including to those affiliated with the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), National Conference (NC), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A senior leader from JKPCC, who fought Assembly election from Eidgah constituency in 2014, said he fears for his life.

 

“Security was provided to me in 2012. I have been receiving threats from militants for a long time. In 2014, I received threats from a well-known militant outfit,” he said.

“The FIR in this regard stands lodged in Safa Kadal police station. I fail to understand as to why my security has been taken back. In 2017, my car was taken back and now my two PSOs,” he added.

He accused the government of “playing with the lives” of political leaders.

A National Conference (NC) leader from Jawahar Nagar area here said his PSOs received a call on Sunday from their office.

“They were told to report back. I am a protected person, how can I move out without a security cover? The situation is volatile,” he said.

Referring to the recent killing of two NC workers, he said he has been confined to the four walls of his home since then.

Senior Vice-president JKPCC, G N Monga, while raising concern over the withdrawal of his security cover, said the government should take seriously the security of those under threat.

“Governor Satya Pal Malik himself said that the government would provide security to those contesting elections and facing threats,” he said.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order, Muneer Khan, said the security cover would be provided to only those entitled to it.

“If anyone from the categorized lot has some issues, he shall approach me,” he said.


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Delhi HC grants protection to JK rape victim, her husband

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New Delhi, Jan 20: An alleged rape victim and her husband, who have temporarily shifted here from Jammu and Kashmir apprehending threat to their lives, have been given protection by the Delhi High Court.
The high court was informed by the couple that personal circumstances forced them to leave their native place and made serious allegations against some police officials and political workers.
The couple claimed that the woman was allegedly physically assaulted and raped and the man was kept in detention for several days by the Jammu and Kashmir police and now he was out on bail.
The court directed the concerned DCP of Delhi Police to look into the matter and forthwith provide protection to the couple and that their address shall not be disclosed to any other person except the government counsel.
“The petitioners’ (couple) residence in the NCT of Delhi shall not be disturbed, except by due process of law and with prior intimation to this court,” Justice Najmi Waziri said.
The couple said they had approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in September 2018 seeking protection and the court had directed the state to look into the matter of providing protection to the petitioners.
However, they claimed that no protection was accorded to them and they apprehend a grave threat to their life, limb and liberty and were constrained to temporarily shift to Delhi.
The Delhi High Court directed the concerned DCP to look into the matter and forthwith provide due protection to the couple and asked the police officials to give their numbers to them so that they can reach out for help in case of any exigency.

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Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.

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UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.

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