J&K police issues advisory to prevent weapon snatching

The security advisory, copy of which has been sent to all protected persons, warns that even a small violation can land a policeman in big trouble if he violates it. The advisory lays special emphasis on avoiding abandoning a weapon and makes it obligatory for protected persons like politicians to inform the district police control rooms when intending to travel. PTI file photo

To prevent weapon snatching/loot by militants, Jammu and Kashmir police have come up with an advisory asking policemen and protected persons to strictly adhere to new guidelines.

The security advisory, copy of which has been sent to all protected persons, warns that even a small violation can land a policeman in big trouble. The advisory lays special emphasis on avoiding abandoning a weapon and makes it obligatory for protected persons like politicians to inform the district police control room when intending to travel.

A senior police officer said travel by protected politicians depends on the category. “As per the advisory, if a politician intends to travel outside the state, he/she is supposed to seek prior permission from the police control room concerned,” he said.

“If the weapons of police guards are found abandoned, they will be seized. The erring policemen will be punished for dereliction of duty,” the officer said and added that district SPs have been directed to conduct surprise checks on the houses of protected persons to ensure the guards on duty are alert. 

He said apart from the reason that there is a shortage of weapons in militant outfits, weapon snatching is also aimed at embarrassing the security grid.

Sources told DH that Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh has taken a serious note of breach of security at politicians’ houses as most of the weapon snatching or looting occurred there in the last few months.

“On the direction of the DGP, security review of politicians and bureaucrats is being done,” they said.

Spurt in snatchings

Two major weapon snatching incidents in the last three months shook the entire security grid. The first occurred on September 28 at J-11 government quarters at Jawahar Nagar where police guard of former PDP legislator Aijaz Mir fled with seven rifles and a licensed pistol of Mir. On December 30, four more weapons were looted from the house of a Congress legislator in the same area. In both cases, 11 policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty.

Though isolated incidents of weapon snatching were reported in the Valley since the beginning of 2015, it saw a spurt after violence broke out following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8,  2016.

During 2018, around 74 weapons were looted across Kashmir valley.

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