SRINAGAR : Various dominant political parties excluding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have expressed anger and dismay at the latest Jammu and Kashmir police diktat that all those involved in stone-throwing or subversive activity will be seen deny mandatory security clearance for passport issuance and appointment to any government post.
The SSP of the Criminal Investigation Department (Special Branch) of the J&K Police in Srinagar over the weekend ordered all field units reporting to it to ensure that the person’s involvement in public order , cases of stone throwing and other crimes prejudicial to state security are specifically investigated during verification related to passport, service and any other verification related to government programs.
A circular signed by the officer said any subject found involved in such cases should be denied security clearance. He also said that digital evidence, such as CCTV footage, photographs, videos and audio clips, images of quadcopters available in police, security forces and security agency records, would also be mentioned during verification.
Some legal experts have pointed out that the police officer’s refusal to obtain a security clearance for an appointment to a government post goes against the order of the Union Ministry of Personnel issued in June 2016, which stipulated that Letters of appointment would not be withheld pending the character and background checks of successful candidates, but the government would rely on the self-declaration of appointees. The ministry had, at the same time, also said that candidates who provided false information would face criminal and judicial prosecution.
However, the head of the J&K unit of the BJP, Ravinder Raina, hailed the Cid circular saying: “This is a big step and it will deal a severe blow to those who conspire against the country and flee abroad. to escape responsibility â.
Contrary to such a view, former chief minister and head of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah asserted that denying anyone a passport or other government service on the basis of an unfavorable police report cannot withstand legal scrutiny. He said: “An ‘unfavorable police report’ cannot replace a conviction by a court.”
He tweeted: “A year and a half ago J&K police were able to create an ‘unfavorable police report’ to justify my detention under the Public Safety Act which would never have stood up to legal challenge. “.
Abdullah, in another tweet, said: âThey have done the same with dozens of others, many of whom have seen these police reports dismissed by the courts. A decree cannot replace a court. Guilt or innocence must be proven in court and must not be based on vague, unproven police reports â.
The President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, accused the government of adopting double standards and playing dirty games to denigrate the people of Kashmir and deny them justice. She said: âThe Kashmiris are considered guilty until proven innocent. Whether for a government job or even a passport, they are subject to the worst kind of screening. But when a policeman is known to have facilitated activists, he is off the hook. Double standards and dirty games are obvious â.
Citing the example of former police officer Devinder Singh who was dismissed from his post by J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha in May this year for his alleged links to activists, she said in a tweet: âInnocent Kashmiris arrested under anti-terrorism laws rot in prisons for years. For them, the trial becomes the punishment. But the Indian government does not want an investigation into a cop caught red-handed with activists. Is it because he has come to an understanding with the system to orchestrate certain shady incidents?
The separatist amalgamation of the Hurriyat conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his âregret and concernâ at the âautocratic ordersâ issued by the LG administration one after the other âagainst the interests of the Kashmiri peopleâ which , according to her, are closing the doors and recourse to employment for them.
“After dozens of government workers were forced to lay off in recent weeks, a policy of not issuing passports and denying government jobs to young people on the pretext of being so-called stone throwers or” anti-national âis part of coercion. and the government’s anti-popular policies aimed at targeting the people of Jammu and Kashmir as part of an appropriate plan. Those responsible should rethink their repressive strategy and withdraw such diktats which will only increase resentment, âhe said Monday in a cheesecloth.
Former minister and J&K Apni party leader Altaf Bukhari said such âsenseless decisionsâ negate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s âvisionâ on Kashmir. He also said: “Such arbitrary decisions will only push young people towards greater alienation and prove to be counterproductive to the peace and reconciliation process at J&K. The latest order from the SSP CID is totally at odds with the promises and the vision of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior of the Union who envision a better and prosperous future for the inhabitants of J&K, in particular its promising youth.