SRINAGAR: The decision to enhance the reward money for killing militants has been taken by the police, not the civil administration, a senior police officer said.
Kashmir inspector general of police Javaid Mujtaba Gillani told Kashmir Reader the decision to hike the reward money had been taken by the police at a routine periodic meeting held in December last year.
He said increasing reward money was “not a big decision to take”, when asked if then PDP-BJP coalition government, especially the chief minister who was also the state home minister, were aware of the decision.
“It has nothing to do with the chief minister,” he said.
The reward money is paid by the police for killing militants fighting Indian rule in the state.
A police officer of SSP rank who wished anonymity said the amount of money is fixed according to the category of a militant, which is decided by his activity.
“The highest paid category is A++, followed by A+, A, B and C categories. If the militant is active and has been operating for many years he is bracketed in the top category. Most of the militants in the top category are Pakistani militants,” he said.
Another police officer said that as per the new decision the reward money for killing A++ category militant was enhanced to Rs 12.5 lakh from Rs 10 lakh; for A+ category the amount was increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh.
For category A militants, the amount has been increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3 lakh, for category B militants from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh and for the C-category, the reward money was increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.
According to the police, 150 militants are operating in the Valley currently and 10 of them are A++ category militants.