Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked government forces to avoid any harassment of families of militants, sources privy to the unified headquarters meeting held in Srinagar on Tuesday told Kashmir Reader.
According to a senior official, who attended the meeting, “Security agencies were directed to ensure that no harassment is meted out to the families of militants.”
The official said that Mehbooba directed the security agencies to take parents of “agitating” youth into confidence, as and when there is a complaint about a youth. Mufti also said that the family of the youth should in no way be held accountable for the actions of the youth.
The high profile meeting was held at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Center (SKICC). The meeting was attended by top officials of the army, intelligence, police, and others.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Chief Secretary BR Sharma, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, BB Vyas, Principal Secretary Home RK Goyal, Director General of Police Shesh Pal Vaid, GoC-in-C Northern Command Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Corps Commanders of various army formations in the state, Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu, senior officers of CRPF, BSF and J&K Police attended the meeting.
The forces discussed the recent breakout of student protests and during the meeting, they were directed by the chief minister that maximum restraint should be followed against civilian protesters and collateral damage avoided.
On the recent attack on a nomad family by cow vigilantes in Jammu’s Reasi district, the chief minister said that the perpetrators should be brought to justice.
During the meeting, top security officials briefed the CM on the security situation in the Valley. “The officials also discussed the security provided to political activists,” an official told Reader.
The chief minister made suggestions to the forces to reach out at the grassroots level to Kashmiri youth, to enable a change in the situation. “She said that youth have unfortunately been caught in a cycle of misinformation and violence. She said they have to be won over with a healing touch,” an official spokesperson said.