SRINAGAR Days after Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary, said chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik have no security cover by government, the governor Satya Pal Malik led administration withdraw their security along with sixteen other Hurriyat leaders besides that of 155 political persons including Shah Faesal, the 2010 IAS topper from who recently resigned from bureaucracy, and PDP leader Wahid Parra.
The security review meeting, which was held here under the chairmanship of state chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, took the decision as it was felt that providing security to these leaders is a "wastage" of scarce state resources which could be better utilised elsewhere.
Among the leaders whose security has been downgraded and withdrawn are Syed Ali Geelani, Aga Syed Mosvi, Maulvi Abbas Ansari, Yaseen Malik, Saleem Geelani, Shahid ul Islam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Abul Hussain, Abdul Gani Shah and Mohd Musadiq Bhat.
The security of 155 political persons and activists, who did not require the security provided to them based on their threat assessment and their activities, was also withdrawn.
This is in addition to the 4 persons whose security was withdrawn on Sunday Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah.
Earlier, Ram Madhav had tweeted that Geelani and Malik dont enjoy security cover. "Several people asking about SAS Gilani and Yasin Malik may note that neither enjoys any security cover or other facility from d government. Gilani is under house arrest, Madhav had tweeted.
According to the order, all security and vehicles provided to the leaders stand withdrawn by Sunday evening. No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other Hurriyat leader. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Srinagar on Friday, had said security given to people getting funds from Pakistan and its snooping agency ISI should be reviewed.
"Some elements in Jammu and Kashmir have links with the ISI and terrorist organisations. Their security should be reviewed," he had said after reviewing security in the aftermath of dastardly terror attack in South Kashmir's Pulwama district.
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