J&K administration withdraws security of separatist leaders

The Center starting acting firmly against separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir following terrorists attack on CRPF jawans in Pulwama. A day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to the state asked the state administration to review security to separatist leaders, today it has administration has withdrawn the security of five separatist leaders. They include Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Apart from Mirwaiz, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has also removed the security cover of Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah. Reacting to the withdrawal of security from the separatist leaders, the Mirwaiz-led All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said, that the separatist leaders had never asked for security and that they had repeatedly said that the government can withdraw it.

Following to the order issued by the administration, security cover and vehicles that have been provided to the five separatist leaders will be withdrawn by today evening. The order said that no security forces or cover should be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists.

“If they have any other facilities provided by Government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith,” the order states. The order further states that the police headquarters will review if there are any other separatists who have been provided government facilities and security and these shall be withdrawn immediately.

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