'Public Pressure Forced Hurriyat to Change Strategy'

Says, Situation Returning to Normal: DGP

PSA on Shah, Nayeem likely to be revoked

SRINAGAR: Day after the release of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders, Director General Police Ashok Prasad Saturday said,  the situation in Kashmir valley was returning back to normal  which has enabled the administration to undertake the process of releasing the separatist leaders.

“Normalcy is returning quickly in the Valley which was evident even today and we have started process of releasing the separatist leaders,” DGP said in an interview on Saturday. 

He added that in the coming days some other separatists might be released and if the situation remained peaceful, police would think of scraping the PSA on Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan also.

Pertinently dozens of separatist leaders were either put under house arrest or lodged in various jails and police stations after the controversial hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on Feb. 09.

The police chief  further said  that the authorities have already released Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Tahreek-e-Hurriyat general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai.

 “Public pressure has prevailed and the focus of people has again shifted to economic activities. People don’t want disturbance to hit their business and daily life and separatists despite their efforts failed to go against public mood,” Prasad added.

The DGP said, that despite Mirwaiz’s call for support to Saturday’s bandh call, there was no major impact on ground.

Expressing concern over the downfall of business in the Valley during the fresh spell of agitation, DGP said that Bollywood has revised its plans of shooting in Valley and are looking towards Himachal, which could be detrimental to Kashmir economy. He however hastened  to add that he has conveyed to Bollywood that JKP was ready to provide the best possible security cover to the film units who want to come to valley for shooting purposes.

“At local level, we have been able to induce confidence in people about the situation, but outside state, people are still a bit apprehensive. We have now decided to launch a campaign to make people outside state also aware that the situation in the valley was back on track,” said DGP, adding that with almost 32 flights operating from Srinagar International Airport daily and hotels jam packed, authorities were expecting a good and promising tourist season ahead. (KNS)


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