Police report does not rule out repetition of 2016 uprising, says Hurriyat unification is ‘threat to peace’

Police report does not rule out repetition of 2016 uprising, says Hurriyat unification is ‘threat to peace’

SRINAGAR: The police in Kashmir are “unnerved” by the unification of various groups in the pro-freedom camp and apprehend that situation in Kashmir could take a sudden turn at any point in time creating a 2016-like atmosphere. In a confidential report, submitted to the government in January 2017, the police have stated that unified Hurriyat has emerged as a “force” and poses threat to the volatile situation prevailing on the ground.
The report submitted to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Secretary BR Sharma and Principal Secretary Home Raj Kumar Goyal states that situation was not normal on the ground and resurgence in public protests has been reported across the Kashmir Valley.
The report highlights alarm on the resurgence of and unity among the pro-freedom groups saying the Hurriyats have started doing active politics on the ground and could be witnessed in participating in funeral processions and commiserating with the families of the (slain) militants.
The police report has referred to the recent meeting of the Syed Ali Geelani-led faction of Hurriyat Conference at Hyderpora, in which leaders of the constituent parties took part. This was the first meeting held under Geelani’s leadership after seven months.
“Get active on the ground,” the report quoted Geelani as saying to the participants. Geelani, report indicates, pulled up several leaders and for being inactive during the uprisng that triggered off after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani on July 8.
Geelani asked the workers and the constituents to do active politics on the ground to become relevant, the report says.
The report also referred to another meeting of the young wing of Awami Action Committee (AAC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. During the meeting, report says, youths categorically told Mirwaiz that if he cannot do active resistance, then they will (youth) take things in their own hands and carry on with active politics and strategies.
The police have mentioned that the people were ready for the new uprising because the administration has physically done nothing to allay the fears of people. The report mentioned the “complete absence of developmental works” undertaken by the government.
The report has highlighted the police’s inherent shortcomings to deal with emerging situations and pointed out lack of training imparted to the government forces to handle the massive public protests like that of 2016.
The government should remain ready for the 2016-like unrest at any other moment, the report warns.
It further stated that active politics of Hurriyat leadership and the increase in the intensity of the stone pelting since late January were pointing out one thing- “things are not good on the ground”.
The Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Javed Mujtaba Gilani, however, declined that police have any report that refers to the ground situation in Kashmir as “explosive”.
“We do not have any apprehension that law and order will deteriorate,” Gilani told Kashmir Reader.

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