Security Withdrawal Decision Taken In My Absence: Governor   

SRINAGAR — Governor Satypal Malik on Wednesday said that decision to downgrade and withdrew the security of separatist leaders and some mainstream leaders and activists in February this year was taken in his “absence” even as he announced to order crime branch probe into illegal occupation of state land, both in Jammu and Kashmir, under Roshni Act. He also announced to give “90%” state land still vacant in the Jammu to army, police and other organizations.

“I’m ashamed to inform you that in Jammu and Kashmir, from one table to another, a file takes several months to move. I was in New Delhi recently, a day earlier security of certain persons had been withdrawn in my absence and the move was good because some persons were getting (security unnecessarily; some others who had links with (militants) were also enjoying security,” he said addressing gathering of people before presenting ‘Rajya Puraskars’ to 330 Scouts and Guides at an Award Presentation Ceremony held in Jammu.  

“Rajnath Singh Ji, the home minister, called me and said Satyapal Bhai that my friend and RSS leader in Rajouri Khuldeep Gupta’s security has also been withdrawn. He was perhaps having only two personnel. (Rajnathji) asked me to restore the security and I responded that that since it is your and not our move, I will do it immediately,” he said, adding, “I asked Chief Secretary. I did not want to make it public but I making a reference here to tell you that J&K’s vinash (destruction) has been due to politicians and bureaucrats and it will set right when they are made accountable.  I told Chief Secretary to restore security of Guptaji but I feel ashamed to inform you that it was restored only yesterday. This is state of affairs here.”

He said that huge chunks of land are vacant in Jammu division. “There are big politicians who have occupied state land illegally and one of them have constructed huge swimming polls on state land. There was a Roshni Act  and by its misuse, huge land has been occupied and I am handing the case to crime branch with a direction that whosever has under the Roshni act illegally built houses should be seized and demolished,” he said, adding, “Despite it, I was told by divisional commissioner that 90% of the land is still vacant which I will give to army, police and organizations like you.”   


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