The state administration of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), on Wednesday, revoked it’s special security services to as high as 18 hurriyat (separatist) leaders in J&K citing the requirement of these security resources elsewhere. The security of 155 political leaders were also taken back after the state administration called the deployment of security forces in their security a “wastage” of scarce resources.
The leaders who were named in the list included SAS Geelani, Aga Syed Mosvi, Maulvi Abbas Ansari, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Yaseen Malik, Shahid ul Islam, Saleem Geelani, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, and more. The process of withdrawal and downgrading of security to these listed personalities began on Sunday after a security review meeting headed by the state chief security BVR Subrahmanyam.
The immediate action after the meeting witnessed withdrawal of security services to 4 separatist leaders. The action on Wednesday includes withdrawal of security services to ex Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, Shah Faesal, also. The decision of withdrawal of security services to these separatist leaders and political entities came as the aftermath of martyrdom of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a fidayeen(suicidal) terrorist attack through Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Blast on February 14. The attack was worldwide condemned and criticized which included the condemnation from prominent countries like United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Israel, and more.
Notably, the security forces used in the protection of these separatist and political leaders included 1000 police personnel and around 100 vehicles. With the revocation of security services to these leaders, these security forces can be utilised at the security of the state.