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Should J&K government remove security to separatist leaders? Time to take a call, says DGP Vaid

Publication: Indiatoday.in
Date: June 24, 2017
URL:   http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kashmir-separatist-leaders-security-dgp-vaid/1/986237.html

In an interview to India Today, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said the time has come to take on call on whether to decide security to separatist leaders.

Jammu and Kashmir police may soon remove security to separatist leaders like Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid told India Today: "I think time has come to take a call and I think the government will take a collective decision very soon".

He was asked whether the time has come to remove security to separatist leaders in Kashmir.

His statement comes after an irate mob stoned to death Jammu and Kashmir's Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandit at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers sermons at the historic mosque in old Srinagar city's Nowhatta area every Friday after prayers, was also seen at the spot after the incident.

"Our initial reports suggest that he was not inside the mosque. He came afterwards. This is under investigation," he said.

It has been reported that Mirwaiz didn't intervene in the incident after he saw that a person has been lynched.

The DGP said any human being would have extended whatever help was possible on seeing an injured lying in a pool of blood.

When asked whether charges can be pressed against Mirwaiz, he said it is a matter of investigation.

"We will see that whoever is involved shall be punished and how high and might he or she may be will have to face the law. The investigation will be completed expeditiously. Action will be taken against those who are responsible," Vaid promised.

He also refuted the report that the slain police officer was carrying a weapon inside the mosque.

"The incident happened outside the mosque. I don't think this version is correct," the top cop said.

"I want all people of Kashmir to introspect whether they want to go towards this savagery, this kind of behaviour where a human being doesn't recognise another human being."

The morale of Jammu and Kashmir police has also been affected badly after the lynching. Eleven policemen were killed in the state this month.

"Keep the morale high. We shall hunt them down and very soon bring peace to this Valley of Kashmir," DGP Vaid said when asked about what is his message to his forces.

"You will see the results very soon. We have identified 12 people so far. Two have been arrested. The remaining will be caught soon," Vaid said.
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