Violence May Spring Up Again, says J&K Police
‘Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer & Yasin Malik a threat to peace’
New Delhi: The veneer of peace in Kashmir may disappear again this spring with another bloodier uprising, hinted at by several legislators in the J&K Assembly and endorsed by an internal J&K police report.
The J&K police has prepared a report, warning about the possibility of a ‘more dangerous repetition of 2016’ after March and highlighted the ‘lack of the preparedness to handle such crisis on part of the civil administration and police’.
Director General of the J&K police SP Vaid confirmed that there were reports of ‘possible unrest after March’ but maintained that police was ready to handle any ‘law and order’ situation, adding that Hurriyat leaders who lead such agitationsweretobe‘squarelyblamed’ for the consequences. The rumour that ‘ something might happen in March’ has once again gained currency in Kashmir, aswasthecaselastyear,whendrawing room discussions and market buzz pointed to something might happen after Eid in July, when Hizbul-MujahideencommanderBurhan Wani along with two of his colleagues were killed in an encounter. The killings triggered five-month long protests, during which more than95civilianswerekilled,around 13,000 injured, including more than 1200whosustainedeyeinjuries,and nearly 12000 were detained.
The report submitted to the chief minister’s office in January sees joint Hurriyat leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik as a ‘threat to peace’ and their ‘unification on Pakistan’s insistence a trouble’. “The mass contact programme of Hurriyat leaders and their meetings with their small constituents are a matter of concern. And by reaching out to victims of the 2016 unrest, they are reaching out to the common man and thus preparing the ground for another unrest,” the report said.
The report also talks of ‘lack of development on ground, which further angers the common man’ while referring to a separate dossier on drudging of river Jehlum after the 2014 floods, promised by the government and having done nothing for the two years now.