J&K Administration Withdraws Security Of 18 Separatists, 155 Politicians

| February 21 , 2019 , 12:13 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday removed security cover of 18 separatist leaders and 155 politicians including PDP leader Wahid Parra and IAS officer Shah Faesal in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which over 40 CRPF troopers were killed.

An order issued by the Home department during security review meeting under state chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said security cover of separatists and some mainstream politicians was also being withdrawn/downgraded apart from those that were initially withdrawn on February 18.

The meeting also revealed that these separatists is a "wastage" of scarce state resources which could be better utilised elsewhere.

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As per the new order, the new list includes names from the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.

Some of them are Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, former IAS officer Shah Faesal and PDP leader Waheed Para. SAS 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.

According to media reports, officials said, "Over 1,000 personal security guards and 100 vehicles provided to the secured persons are being withdrawn,"

The security cover of four senior separatist leaders -- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were already withdrawn on Monday.

The decision to cut down heavily on separatist leaders' cover was taken in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack when an explosives-packed SUV rammed into a bus of a Central Reserve Police Force convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway killing 40 paramilitary troopers on the spot in the worst-ever terror attack in the state since militancy struck there in 1989.

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