Uri: J-K Govt Acts Against 2 Cops
10 April 2004
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Under pressure from its own supporters and some political parties, the PDP-led coalition government in J-K has taken action against two police officials following Thursday's grenade attack on a PDP rally. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig, who was injured in the attack, has written to State Chief Secretary S.S. Bloeria, seeking removal of his security cover. Eleven PDP workers had been killed and over 50 injured in the attack. Top official sources said the government has decided to take action against SP, Baramulla; DSP, Uri; and SHO, Uri Police Station, for the 'lapse of security', and has ordered their transfers. Sources, however, said action has been taken against only two of the officials while the decision on the third is likely to be taken later. It is learnt that SHO, Uri, Mohammad Amin has been suspended, while DSP Zubiar Ahmad has been transferred to Srinagar. CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took the decision following pressure from PDP supporters and various political parties, including coalition partners, and even some Opposition leaders. Sources said while the PDP had demanded a judicial probe into the incident, others had sought a magisterial inquiry. Confirming the government's decision late tonight, Inspector General of Police K. Rajendra Kumar said that the Uri DSP and the SHO have been attached with Srinagar Police headquarters but added that he had no information about the Baramulla SP. 'Yes, the two have been attached,' Kumar said, adding that police have intensified the investigations in the case. Meanwhile, in a related development, Finance Minister Beig has urged the State Chief Secretary to remove his security cover. Speaking to The Indian Express from his Srinagar residence, Beig said he has asked 'for removal of all security guards as he wants to move like an ordinary Kashmiri.' 'I was given Z-plus category last year but I think that is there only on paper. I was also given a bullet-proof car which breaks down frequently. The security I get is equivalent to that given to a legislator,' he added. 'I have now requested the Chief Secretary to remove my security cover. That would prick any militant's conscience before targeting me,' he said. When contacted in New Delhi, Bloeria said: 'These are security matters and very sensitive issues. I don't want to talk about it.'