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J&K: Ex-Governor Sinha remark invites cops’ ire

Former J-K Governor S K Sinha’s statement that half of the J-K Police personnel are militant sympathisers has drawn a sharp reaction from policemen

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: September 24, 2012 3:03:57 am

Former J-K Governor S K Sinha’s statement that half of the J-K Police personnel are militant sympathisers has drawn a sharp reaction from policemen. Apprehending that Sinha’s statement may affect the morale of the force,senior state police officers have rubbished the remark.

“His (former Governor Sinha’s) statement is not correct,” J-K Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad said on Sunday. “The police force is working with utmost commitment. The policemen and officers are loyal and committed.” He said like any other force,there might be a few exceptions in the J-K Police as well.

The policemen and officers are hurt by Sinha’s comments. They say that if their credibility is questioned even after fighting militants for over two decades,it compels them to think that they “are fighting a war of nation,whose leaders are not ready to own them”.

“We are locals and are pitted against our own people. We have faced people in two mass rebellions in recent years. Our houses have been burnt. We have been ostracised by the society. People see us as the agents of occupiers. Our men have been at the forefront of fighting militancy. They have been killed and injured,” said a police officer. “And then suddenly somebody questions your credibility. It compels one to think whether he will continue with the service. It compels us to think whether we are fighting war of nation whose leaders are not ready to own us.”

Addressing a seminar — ‘Kashmir: Genesis and Solutions’ — at Mangalayatan University in Aligrah,the former J-K Governor had said 50 per cent policemen in Jammu and Kashmir are militant sympathisers and had justified the controversial transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board that resulted in mass uprising in Kashmir in 2008.

“Almost 40 per cent of the policemen are non-Muslims and hailing from outside Kashmir,” said a policemen. “Does he (Sinha) mean that entire Muslim police force in the state is sympathiser of militants?”

‘An eye-opener’ for police

J&K’s Independent legislator Engineer Rashid has said that Sinha’s statement about the state police is a “reflection of the colonial attitude” and is an “eye-opener for the police”.

“Sinha’s statement is only continuation of the ill designs of think tanks,politicians,policy makers and agencies of India,” Rashid said. “It should be a cause of worry for those jawans and officers of police who have killed,tortured and humiliated Kashmiris in the name of fighting militancy by taking shelter under the notorious umbrella of task force and are still working as collaborators”. ENS

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