J&K govt told to check militancy

Centre tells Omar to step up security ahead of polls

With the apprehension that militants and separatists may create disturbance ahead of the Parliament and Assembly elections, due in J&K next year, the Centre has issued advisories to the state government on anti-militancy measures, maintenance of law and order, communal harmony and other factors that could disturb the situation.

Sources told Deccan Herald that the Centre has asked the state to take all possible measures to keep militancy under check by maintaining strict surveillance on anti-national elements and maintaining law and order.

“The state has been cautioned that incidents like Kishtwar, which witnessed large scale arson on August 9 on the occasion of Eid festival, shouldn’t recur as they had the potential of spreading to more parts of the state and the country,” a source said.

The advisories have been issued in recently held meeting in New Delhi which was chaired by Union Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and Home Secretary Anil Goswami.

The state was represented by Principal Secretary (Home) Suresh Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Headquarters Dr Shesh Pal Vaid and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Rajesh Kumar.

Communal harmony

The top central officers, sources said, stressed that the state officials take all possible steps to maintain communal harmony, which certain forces could try to disturb ahead of the next year’s polls.

While the Lok Sabha elections are due in April-May 2014, the Assembly polls in the state are slated for November-December 2014.

The state officials assured the central officers that the state government was fully prepared to meet with any situation and will adopt a strategy to keep it well under control, sources said.

A senior officer wishing anonymity said the Union government officials issued certain guidelines for keeping the state free of violence, especially the communal riots before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“The Centre shared the inputs with top brass of civil and police officers about Jammu and Kashmir especially on militancy, law and order and communal situation,” he added.

Security review

State Director General Police Ashok Prasad had recently said security review of political leaders ahead of 2014 elections in J&K was on.

“As political activities are on the rise, the security review for the political leaders is a must,” he had said.

“For the purpose we need more manpower and for that we will talk to the Centre,” he added.

Sources said the J&K government has already sent a proposal for raising five Indian Reserve Police (IRP) force companies to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to strengthen the police force before elections.

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