No Compromise On Security: Speaker

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone today said that there would no compromise on the security of the House.

He, however, said that his directions to security force personnel guarding the House was in no way to hurt or doubt the members. The issue was raised by the lone CPI(M) member Mohammad Yousuf Targami before Question Hour began. He wanted to know if the Speaker had given directions to security personnel to conduct frisking of Chief Minister and other MLAs. He said reports in local newspapers stated that the Speaker has directed that the Chief Minister and other MLAs be frisked before allowing them to enter the House. Mr Lone said he still maintained that there would be no compromise with the security of the House. But, he said, he has never named Chief Minister in his directions to security personnel. He said after October 8 incident there could be no compromise with regards to security. Mr Lone said before the start of the session, a security related meeting was held in which it was decided that all measures would be taken for proper security of the House, he said he wanted cooperation from all members in thi regard. He said he had given some directions about the entry of Personnel Assistance (PA) of MLAs into the House.

" I do not mean to hurt or doubt the members", the Speaker said. Three members of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) had entered the House along with their party flag and raised slogans to implement the employment policy on October 8 when Question Hour was in progress. They were allowed to enter the House on valid entry passes issued to them by Jagdish Raj Sapolia of BJP. All the three, residents of Jammu, were arrested and sent to custody of Superintendent of Police (SP) Civil Secretarit till today. 

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