JK Police hurting self-respect of own people: Rasheed

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SRINAGAR: Condemning the raids by police at various places across valley, the AIP president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Sunday reiterated his appeal to J&K Police not to encourage an atmosphere that would put masses and the local cops against each other.
The Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president was addressing public gatherings at Drusoo and Gund Karim Khan in Rafiabad in north Kashmir.
Rasheed accused a section of local police of hurting self respect of its own people and playing in the hands of those who want to continue their “colonial attitude” towards Kashmiris.
The MLA said that in most of the incidents of violence, local police has been found provoking people to cross the red-line as it gives their masters strength to suppress the genuine voices.
“The vested elements within police have created a situation where every Kashmiri has to prove himself innocent and whosoever tries to speak for the rights of people is being thrown either in the police lockup or humiliated. These elements are bent to destroy the future of talented youth and don’t let any chance to go where they could humiliate these youth,” he said.
“Internet crackdown has become a routine nowadays. While world is getting dividends of information technology everywhere; in Kashmir, even social media has become a tool to suppress the voice of youth as anyone trying to reflect the genuine aspirations of people is being harassed and called at concerned police stations,” Rasheed said.
The AIP president accused police of complicating the bilateral and domestic issues of masses by “poking nose” in such issues and shortening scope of reconciliation. He accused government forces of carrying out “unwanted” catch and search operations saying such moves are aimed at harassing and demoralising masses “just to give New Delhi a perception that without the writ of forces Kashmiris cannot be controlled”.
The independent MLA appealed to the saner voices within police force to give a thought to the sentiments and aspirations of people so that the process of increasing trust deficit between the local police and the masses gets minimised.