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Pulwama fallout : Sacrifices of CRPF troopers will not be in vain — Rajnath

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By IANS Updated: Feb 17, 2019 10:53 pm
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A view of deserted road during a curfew, imposed on the third day after the clash between two communities over the protest against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu on Sunday.

Bhadrak, Feb. 17 (IANS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the sacrifice of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers will not go in vain.
“The security personnel have been given full freedom to take steps so that the sacrifice of the jawans in Pulwama will not go in vain,” said Singh while addressing a BJP meeting in Odisha’s Bhadrak.
He said the entire nation is with the family members of the martyred CRPF personnel. “I had called an all-party meeting on Saturday. They unanimously condemned the Pulwama terror incident and Pakistan as well. I want to say that the whole country stands united with the martyrs and the jawans,” said the Home Minister.

He said many terrorists have been eliminated by the security personnel in the last five years. He remembered the martyred troopers including Odia CRPF personnel Prasanna Kumar Sahoo and Manoj Behera, who were killed in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14.

Before addressing the gathering, the Home Minister observed a minute’s silence for the martyred CRPF personnel. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior BJP leaders of Odisha were also present.

Earlier, the Home Minister visited Eram in Bhadrak district and offered floral tributes to the martyrs who were gunned down in 1942 by the British police. Eram is known as the second Jallianwala Bagh of India where 29 people had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

Curfew continues in Jammu

A curfew in Jammu continued for a third consecutive day on Sunday with the authorities saying that it will remain in force until the law and order situation improves in the city.

“The situation was normal and under control during the night except for some stray incidents,” a police official said here.
“Authorities will take a call later in the day whether the curfew can be relaxed or not.”
Protests took place on Saturday evening in the city’s Nai Basti, Bantalab, Domana and Parade ground areas, but were quickly brought under control.

The Army has heightened security in Jammu city to maintain law and order.
The curfew was imposed on Friday after miscreants torched vehicles and damaged several others carrying number plates of the Kashmir Valley in protest against Thursday’s killing of 49 CRPF troopers in a suicide attack in Pulwama by a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant.

A shutdown was also observed on Saturday in the Jammu region’s Udhampur, Kathua, Samba and Reasi districts.
Meanwhile, helplines have been set-up for Kashmiri students and others engaged in business outside the state to ensure their safety.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh spoke to the Uttarakhand police chief on Saturday regarding the well-being of the Kashmiri students in the state.
The Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to various states detailing measures to be taken for the safety of Kashmiris.

Whose purpose is being served by ‘ostracising’ Kashmiris? asks Omar

Kashmir is not just a piece of land, it is the people that inhabit it, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah asserted Sunday, saying by attacking Kashmiris, they were being told there is no place for them outside the valley and no future in the mainland.

“Young Kashmiri students studying outside J&K should have been feted as examples of people who have stayed away from the politics & conflict in Kashmir, choosing instead to make a future for themselves. By attacking them, terrorising them & forcing them to find shelter they are being told there is no place for them outside the valley & no future in the mainland (sic),” Omar wrote on Twitter.

The former chief minister’s remarks came following reports of attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and harassment of Kashmiri students at a few places outside the state.

Omar said the enemy has been trying to drive a wedge between the people in Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country and asked whose purpose was being served by “ostracising Kashmiris”. “Those hotheads that make up the mobs doing this damage need to ask themselves (if they have the mental bandwidth) whose purpose is served by ostracising Kashmiris. Our enemies & those who back terrorism in J&K have been trying to drive this wedge so please please let’s not do their job for them. Kashmir isn’t just a piece of land, it’s the people that inhabit it (sic),” he said.

The NC leader Saturday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought his intervention to ensure safety of Kashmiri students and traders in various parts of the country.

Security cover of six separatist leaders withdrawn

The security cover of six separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was withdrawn Sunday, a decision that comes in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, officials said here.

Besides the Mirwaiz, the security cover of Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Shabir Shah has been withdrawn, they said. While there was no categorisation of security for these leaders, the state government in consultation with the Centre had provided them ad hoc security, keeping in mind the threat to their lives from some militant groups.

Militants of Hizbul Mujahideen had killed Umar’s father, Mirwaiz Farooq, in 1990 and Abdul Gani Lone in 2002. No security was provided to pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chief Yaseen Malik.

According to the order, all security and vehicles provided to the separatists will stand withdrawn by Sunday evening. No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.

Police will review if there are any other separatists who have security or facilities and they will be withdrawn immediately, the officials said.

Hurriyat spokesman termed the government order a propaganda and said it has no bearing on the Kashmir dispute or the situation on ground and it can in no way change the reality.

“With or without these police personnel at the Hurriyat residence, everything remains the same,” the spokesman said in a statement, adding, the whenever an issue was made, the Mirwaiz announced from the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid that the government can withdraw the security cover. The Mirwaiz is one of the religious heads in Kashmir valley.

The spokesman said the Hurriyat leaders had never asked for security. “In fact, it was the government that insisted on keeping the personnel based on what they said was their assessment of threat perception. It was the government’s decision at that time, today it’s their decision to remove it. It’s not an issue for us,” the statement said.

Srinagar, Feb. 17 (PTI): The security cover of six separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was withdrawn Sunday, a decision that comes in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, officials said here.

Besides the Mirwaiz, the security cover of Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Shabir Shah has been withdrawn, they said. While there was no categorisation of security for these leaders, the state government in consultation with the Centre had provided them ad hoc security, keeping in mind the threat to their lives from some militant groups.

Militants of Hizbul Mujahideen had killed Umar’s father, Mirwaiz Farooq, in 1990 and Abdul Gani Lone in 2002. No security was provided to pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chief Yaseen Malik.
According to the order, all security and vehicles provided to the separatists will stand withdrawn by Sunday evening. No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.

Police will review if there are any other separatists who have security or facilities and they will be withdrawn immediately, the officials said.
Hurriyat spokesman termed the government order a propaganda and said it has no bearing on the Kashmir dispute or the situation on ground and it can in no way change the reality.

“With or without these police personnel at the Hurriyat residence, everything remains the same,” the spokesman said in a statement, adding, the whenever an issue was made, the Mirwaiz announced from the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid that the government can withdraw the security cover. The Mirwaiz is one of the religious heads in Kashmir valley.

The spokesman said the Hurriyat leaders had never asked for security. “In fact, it was the government that insisted on keeping the personnel based on what they said was their assessment of threat perception. It was the government’s decision at that time, today it’s their decision to remove it. It’s not an issue for us,” the statement said.

Situation still tense around educational institutes in Dehradun

In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, the Uttarakhand Police is having to tackle rumour mongering and alleged offensive posts on social media, even as the situation remained tense on Sunday in and around the educational institutes where some Kashmiri students are studying.

According to police sources, dozens of Kashmiri students have left for their homes since Friday after being allegedly intimidated by mobs following the ghastly attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday that killed 49 troopers.

A large number of Kashmiri students study in Dehradun. “We have taken all steps to defuse the tense situation by deploying our personnel in and around the educational institutes,” said Ashok Kumar, Director General of Police (DGP), Law and Order.

Since Friday, right wing organisations such as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) have been holding protest marches here raising anti-Pakistan slogans in the wake of the Pulwama attack.
The situation turned worse after a couple of Kashmiri students studying in the city allegedly posted some anti-national comments on social media, leading to trouble around a couple of educational institutions, the police said.

The police said some female Kashmiri students allegedly pelted stones on some of the right wing activists from a hostel in the city on Saturday. However, timely action by the police averted a clash.

DGP Kumar also denied media reports that some Kashmiri girls were trapped in their hostel for hours. “There were rumours yesterday that a few Kashmiri girls were trapped in a hostel in Dehradun for hours due to the presence of an angry mob. This is not true as the police sorted out the issue. Initially, there was some confusion regarding pro-Pakistan slogans raised by the Kashmiri girls, but later the matter was resolved by the police,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, K. Aysir Rashid, a Kashmiri student studying at Subharti University here, has been arrested after he allegedly posted an offensive comment on social media regarding the Pulwama attack. He was placed under suspension by the university authorities on Saturday.

Another Kashmiri student was taken into preventive custody in Roorki in Haridwar district for posting alleged anti-national remarks on social media.

The anger among the people deepened on Saturday after Major Chitresh Singh Bisht (31), a native of Dehradun, lost his life while defusing a landmine along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. As soon as the news reached the city, a large number of people gathered outside Bisht’s house in Nehru Colony.

Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti, through a series of tweets, has appealed to the people to refrain from rumour mongering which may lead to trouble.

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By IANS Updated: Feb 17, 2019 10:53:12 pm