Mirwaiz Umar Farooq security cover downgraded by J&K govt

Mirwaiz confirmed the security cover downgrade and said that he had never asked for it in the first place. He added that the government was at liberty to remove all the police personnel guarding him. He was earlier was accorded 'Z' category security cover.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2017 8:47 pm
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The security cover provided to Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been reduced by the Jammu & Kashmir government, the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified on Wednesday. The move comes over two weeks after Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayoub Pandit was lynched publicly on June 23 in the Nowhatta area near Jamia Masjid, where Farooq occasionally delivers sermons.

Sources in the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police told news agency PTI that the number of security personnel given to the Mirwaiz was reduced to half, from 16 to 8.

They said the process of downgrading the Mirwaiz’s security had started on June 29. According to sources, a DySP-rank officer deployed as personal security officer of the Mirwaiz was withdrawn on June 29 and no replacement was sent.

Following the fatal shooting of his father Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq by Hizbul Mujahideen at his residence in 1990, Mirwaiz Umar was accorded ‘Z’ category security cover.

Mirwaiz confirmed the security cover downgrade and said that he had never asked for it in the first place. He added that the government was at liberty to remove all the police personnel guarding him.

“When my father was martyred under a deep conspiracy, our family shifted to Rajouri Kadal for some time. On our return to Nigeen residence, police personnel had been deployed there,” the Mirwaiz was quoted as saying.

He added that when he requested the removal of police cover he claimed that authorities told that the police cover will not be removed “as it is not a matter of our (family’s) choice but based on the government’s decision on their assessment of a threat perception to me”.

The lynching had triggered an outrage in Kashmir and had drawn all-round condemnation. So far, five of the 12 people identified by the police for their alleged involvement in the killing have been arrested.

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  1. V
    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:11 pm
    Why did hizbul kill his father, anyone ? And what "deep" conspiracy he is talking about ?
  2. S
    Jul 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    The Mir treacherous Waiz does not deserve any security . He should be killed in the same way as his father. None of our money should be spent in protecting these anti-nationals
  3. R
    Raviechandra Bulusu
    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:37 am
    why should he be provided security cover by govt forces?
  4. L
    l s
    Jul 6, 2017 at 6:00 am
    What threat does this anti-national face ??????? Instead he is instigating terrorists and anti-nationals. He should be locked up for min of 10 years, instead the govt gives him security, making him look very important. Remove all security personnel from such people and use them against the anti-nationals. There are many more anti-nationals surrounding him with security cover. Remove all security cover of these people.
  5. S
    Jul 6, 2017 at 4:34 am
    All the security to all separatists should be removed.
  6. A
    Jul 6, 2017 at 2:50 am
    Pakistani Hindus lose daughters to forced Muslim marriages by .Naila Inayat, Special for USA TODAY. LAHORE, Pakistan — Anila Dhawan, 17, was kidnapped last spring from her home in Hyderabad, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor. The police refused to intervene. Her kidnapper told them she ran away from home, and converted to Islam and married him voluntarily. But after her family pressured a court to intervene, she told judges the truth and they freed her. “Her life was threatened,” her attorney, Ramesh Gupta, said. “She wanted to go back to her parents and the statement (she made to the court) helped to sway the decision in her favor and she was freed to join her family.”
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    Manohar Sharma
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:43 am
    Withdraw all the security cover provided to this TRAITOR.
  8. S
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:26 am
    It isn't mirwaiz who is at risk because of downgrade. It is those remaining 8 police man who are at risk. Government should have withdrawn all the police personnel. We can not wait for one more barbaric assult for complete withdrawal of cover.
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