Relinquish Govt Security, Hire Pvt Guards: Er Rashid to APHC

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‘Govt Spent 2 Cr on Security of Hurriyat Leaders in 2012’

SRINAGAR: Government is spending nearly Rs two crore rupees every year on the security of the separatist leaders and that includes  expenditure made on the vehicles escorting them and the salaries of residential guards.

In 2012 the amount mounted to one crore 65 lakh Rs, MoS Home Sajad Ahmad Kitcchloo said this in a written reply to the question forwarded by Engineer Rashid in Assembly today.

Rashid had sought details from Kitchloo about the total expenditure incurred by the Government on the security cover of Hurriyat leaders including the fuel expenses incurred on the vehicles escorting them.

Later while talking to media persons outside Assembly Rashid said that if people are not safe at the hands of police, then it was obvious that Hurriyat too is not safe, so they shall relinquish their security and arrange some civilian guards for themselves and in addition shall also apply for licensed weapons.

“I don’t think that Hurriyat needs security, they are representing people. If every individual in Kashmir is for their protection then for what purpose they need security?” he questioned adding that security cover is just a VIP trend in Kashmir and nothing else.

“When someone carries attack on somebody, he does it irrespective of security cover. No security cover stops him. This is the reason why I have not taken any security,” he said.

Meanwhile NC leader Mir Saifullah said that Hurriyat was anti national, so they have no right to claim security. “We are not bound to provide security cover to these separatist leaders” he said.

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