Govt De-hires 14 Hotels, Protected Persons Stage Protest

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Srinagar: The government has de-hired 14 hotels in Srinagar, where the protected persons were given accommodation.

According to reports, at least 14 hotels where protected persons were accommodated, have been dehired and the District Commissioners (DCs), Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), SSP Security and SSP PCR, have been directed to explore the possibility to accommodate the persons who had accommodations in these hotels.

In the recently held meeting, chaired by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, P K Pole, attended by the DC Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Srinagar along with SSPs through video conferencing, the concerned district administrations has been told that it shall be now solely responsible for the safe and secure accommodation in the district.

“In the wake of the dehiring all accommodation in 14 hotels at Srinagar the chair remarked that concerned District admin shall be now solely responsible for the safe and secure accommodation in the district and whosoever has not yet reported in the district shall be immediately called back by deputing security teams to Srinagar and in this regard SSP Srinagar shall be taken on board,” the minutes of the meeting, held on 09-10-2021 reads

“Further, irrespective of the undertaking given by protected person with regard to refusal of security and secure accommodation, possibility shall be explored to accommodate them in safe and secure accommodation identified by District Administration,” the DCs, SSPs of Kashmir division, SSP Security and SSP PCR have been directed by the chair.

BJP leaders hold protest

Meanwhile the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders along with municipal corporators, Panchs and Sarpanchs on Tuesday held a protest sit-in at Press Enclave against the inadequate accommodation provided to them by the government.

The protesters led by Altaf Thakur and Manzoor Bhat said that the administration has taken away the accommodation of party leaders, elected members from 14 different hotels by stopping the supply of electricity, water and food from the last three days.

“Administration has de- hired 14 hotels. What kind of hooliganism is this by the administration. We demand safe and secure accommodation at the earliest,” Thakur demanded.  (With KNO Inputs)

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