Mehbooba Wants Security Agencies To Act As ‘Councillors’

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Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directed the security agencies to undertake youth counselling and ensure that no collateral damage takes place while dealing with day to day law and order situations.

She also directed that culprits be brought to justice if found involved in harassing a community or section of society in the name of a social cause.

Mehbooba, who chaired a Unified Command meeting here today, review the security situation in the Valley, where student unrest and attack on families of policemen and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders have witnessed increase after nine civilians were killed and over a hundred injured in security force and police actions on April 9, when polling was held in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency.

The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to improve the Public-Security Force interface and make it a regular affair.

She said holding of counseling sessions for youth would not only help the youth ally apprehensions and misgivings about the system but would also give the security agencies a chance to reach out to people through community policing.

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The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to exercise restraint while dealing with provocative situations. She added wherever restraint was exercised, it showed positive results on the ground for the Government and helped in maintaining peace and order.

She said the youth unfortunately caught in the cycle of misinformation and violence are our own who ought to be won over with a healing touch.

Mehbooba said youth engagement should be prioritized rather than viewing it as a routine law and order issue. She directed that care should be taken to avoid and minimize all collateral damage while conducting operations.

She also directed that parents of youth be taken into confidence as and when there is some complaint about any youth and in no way should the family be held accountable for the deeds of the said youth.       

The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to ensure that inter community harmony and amity among various sections of society is maintained at all costs.

She directed that culprits be brought to justice if found spreading hatred against a section of society or in the name of a social cause and if need be strict provisions of law be slapped on such hate mongers who are found taking law into their own hands.

The meeting also deliberated upon the latest security and law& order situation obtaining in the State.

The meeting came a day after the Chief Minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and discussed the prevailing situation in the valley.

The meeting also assumes significance as it took place at a time when social media was being used to upload alleged atrocities by Army and other security agencies and students are clashing with security forces in the Valley, where attack on families of cops and political parties has witnessed increase.

The authorities have already suspended mobile internet service as a precautionary measure to prevent rumours on April 17, two day after security forces entered Degree college Pulwama and allegedly thrashed students, including girls. The incident triggered massive protests by students across the valley, demanding action against the security forces.

However, the protests further intensified as students’ alleged use of disproportionate force by security forces on them while they were protesting against Pulwama Degree College incident. 

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh; Chief Secretary, B R Sharma; Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas; Principal Secretary, Home, R K Goyal; Director General of Police, Dr. Sheesh Pal Vaid; GoC in C of Northern Command, Lt Gen Devraj Anbu; Corps Commanders of various Army formations operating in the State; Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu; senior officers of CRPF, BSF and J&K Police were present in the meeting.

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