Withdrawal of security to political activists ‘arbitrary’, has no justification: Tarigami
Srinagar, April 03: CPI (M) senior leader and former MLA Kulgam,
Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said the decision of government to
withdraw security of political activists of different parties, including CPI
(M), is arbitrary and has no justification.
“The decision has been taken at a time when election process is in full
swing and it could endanger the lives of these leaders and activists,” Tarigami
said in a statement issued to media.
He said political process in violence-hit Kashmir is itself a difficult
task. “The activists cutting across the political line are risking their lives
and doing their bit to strengthen the process of peace. Administration should
encourage them by protecting them. The least the administration can do is to
provide them the security,” he said.
However, unfortunately, security cover of activists, cutting across
political spectrum, has been withdrawn. Security cover of three prominent
leaders of CPI (M) namely Mohammad Afzal Parray, Sham Prasad Kesar and Mohammad
Yousuf Lone has also been withdrawn, the statement issued here reads.
“I have taken up the issue with Governor Satya Pal Malik appealing him
to direct the concerned to reconsider this decision and restore the security to
the prominent functionaries of political parties so that they can carry out
their activities freely,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tarigami said the fresh decision of the government to stop
advertisements to Kashmir Uzma after Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader for
unknown reasons is regrettable and unfortunate.
“The latest ban, like the previous one, has been reportedly implemented
without conveying to the newspaper management,” he said.
He added that such curbs on the fourth estate in a democratic setup are
unacceptable and authorities should ensure that the media, in one of the most
sensitive states in the country, is not strangulated.
“Putting bans on government advertisements to newspapers will impact the
state and status of both the journalists and the journalism in Kashmir and is
an arm-twisting tactic by the authorities. Attempts are being made to interfere
in the freedom of the press by exerting financial pressure which is highly
unfortunate,” he added.
He said the government has a duty to respect the freedom of the press,
and the right of people to receive information. “It cannot stop advertisements
simply for being critical of the government. The Kashmir media is reporting the
same morbidity as the overall situation afflicted economy represents,” he