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Srinagar, December 23

The PDP-BJP government has warned the police and other security wings  operating in Kashmir not to use  excess force against the  separatists and others protesting against issuance  of the  identity cards to the  West Pakistan Refugees who have been living here for  decades without any rights.

It is reliably learnt that the Government has asked the police that it should avoid more than needed force to quell protests against the West Pakistan refugees. “The protests should be handled in a peaceful and persuasive manner and the force should be avoided as much as possible,” a senior officer told JK News Today on Friday.

Separatists, National Conference , Congress, CPI-M, and Awami Iteehad Party  have  launched agitation against the  West Pakistan Refugees and warned the government against any move to settle them in Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq  and Yasin Malik and NC spokesperson have said  that this would  reduce  Muslims to a minority in the Muslim Majority state.

They took out protest marches but the police maintained a safe distance and did not interfere in the protests with force as  they complied with the directions from above .

The Government doesn’t want a repeat of a situation in which the protests spread  to  all parts of the valley. This is once bitten twice shy situation for the state government that witnessed  violent convulsions following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen Commander  Burhan Wani in July this year. The Valley was in turmoil for over four months.

Now,  when the situation has started  stabilizing, the government is in a risk-free mode.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had already admitted that the “ excessive force was used against protestors during the past five months, but now that will not be allowed to happen.”

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