JK News Today
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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