J&K too to rethink decision to arm cops with just lathis

Stating the need to take a re-look at the SOP,MoS for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo said,“Srinagar is not free of militancy’’. However,the situation is under control,he added.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published:March 15, 2013 1:03 am

Following the attack,the Jammu and Kashmir government is set to review its decision about providing only lathis to police and paramilitary personnel deployed on routine law and order duties in the valley.

Stating the need to take a re-look at the SOP,MoS for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo said,“Srinagar is not free of militancy’’. However,the situation is under control,he added.

State minister for PHE,Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma also said that “there is a need to revisit the SOP available to police and paramilitary personnel deployed in the Valley… we will take up the matter in the cabinet.” With assembly elections coming nearer,there has been a spurt in such incidents,he said.

On March 2,two policemen carrying lathis were shot dead by militants at Handwara in Kupwara district.

Earlier,the decision to provide lathis in place of firearms to personnel deployed on law and order duties in the Valley was taken following the state government’s argument that armed security personnel instilled fear among the people.

Meanwhile,the BJP and Panthers Party staged a walkout in the Assembly today following the rejection of an adjournment motion over the killing of the five CRPF personnel in Wednesday’s attack.

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