Srinagar: Expressing concern over the ‘methodology’ being adopted for the recruitment of police constables in the state, Awaami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Thursday warned government against adopting ‘dirty ways and means’ to change the demography within the civil and police administration.
In a statement issued here, the Langate lawmaker said that while the recruitment made in police department has been by and large fair but the norms fixed through the advertisement notice have fulfilled the ‘vicious agenda’ of those forces who never think beyond communal lines.
“The proposal to create two border battalions in J&K is unacceptable and straight away aimed at decreasing the number of majority community in Jammu & Kashmir police,” he said, adding that one wonders what does the government mean by creating ‘Border Battalions’.
“J&K police has nothing to do with the surveillance of borders and it is primarily the duty of army and BSF to protect borders,” he said, adding that if the government sincerely believes in empowering people of border areas, it must take up the issue with the central government and ensure 60% reservation for residents of border areas in the ten lakh army and BSF serving in JK.
Er Rasheed however, added that the government will never do that as it is BJP not PDP ruling the state and nothing lies in the hands of Mehbooba Mufti.
“In fact BJP is implementing its agenda in letter and spirit and is adamant to corner the majority community in the state only for its vote bank. If government believes in empowering border residents by creating border battalions, one has a right to ask why can’t government raise few south Kashmir oriented battalions as the youth in that part of the state feel completely alienated,” he said.
He added that let the government recruit police constables at district level with population to be the criteria so that all sections of society feel accommodated and get their rights.
AIP president further cautioned Mehbooba Mufti about the possible consequences of the issue and appealed all sections of society to get together to fight for the rights of the majority community, which is being deprived tactfully in every field.