Police ‘writing’ A B C Of Stone Pelting In Kashmir23 January 2011
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police is virtually writing ABC of stone pelting in Valley. Top police officials have disclosed that the ongoing profiling of stone throwers will have a new grading aspect according to which the accused would be graded as A, B or C as per their motivation and involvement. According to a top police official, the move is aimed to curb future protests “as only those who are the instigators were being profiled and kept under watch”. He said police is also re-verifying the identity of the released militants “and they are also being profiled”. “The process is to keep a tight vigil on the activities of miscreants and stone throwing youth. The process will not only help in curbing future protests, it will also be easy to identify the instigators,” the official said. “Police is collecting photographs, addresses and other details of persons who actively participated in stone pelting and instigated people to hold protests,” he added. The official said the record has been categorized depending on the level of involvement in protests and stone pelting. “We are doing it to maintain their files and keep a constant eye on them. They are being categorized under A, B and C groups,” he said. “In group A habitual protesters and stone-pelters would be inducted; in group B only those people who have fervently participated in protests and initiated stone pelting will be listed; and group C includes those persons who have been once lodged in the jail for any unlawful activity,” the official informed. He added the focus is on people falling in A and B category as the main purpose is to keep a check on future protests. The six-month long agitation last year, which left 112 persons dead, forced police department to profile the protestors, the official maintained. He said the department has also started re-verification process of released militants so as to keep an eye on their activity as well. The move, meanwhile, has infuriated the youth who allege they are being arbitrarily called to police stations for verification of their particulars. “We were asked to submit photographs, address of not only ours but also of our friends as well as relatives,” a group of youth from old city told Rising Kashmir. “This is sheer harassment. Despite submitting all the particulars, we are asked to visit respective police stations every now and then. Most of are asked to come to police station on January 25,” they added. When contacted, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir), S M Sahia termed it as a routine process at police station level. “We have to maintain a record of the trouble makers and miscreants,” he said. Sahai added that the profiling will “definitely” help curbing future protests.