Special Arrangements To Foil BJP, JKLF Plans: IGP24 January 2011
Srinagar: IGP Kashmir Monday revealed that special arrangements have been made to foil BJP and JKLF’s flag hoisting plans. The leaves of the policemen have been cancelled, more BJP activists were arrested and raids conducted on Maisuma residence of JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. Highly placed police sources said multi-tier security has been put in place in Srinagar to keep watch on BJP and BJYM (youth wing of BJP) activists and scuttle their flag hoisting move. “Policemen in civvies have been deployed in various hotels from Dalgate to Amira Kadal while Press Enclave has been virtually handed over to police and intelligence sleuths to maintain vigil and foil any attempt of protest by BJP and JKLF activists,” they said. Meanwhile, continuing its crackdown on BJP activists, police today arrested State secretary of rightwing party, Muhammad Yousuf Badana from Lal Chowk today. At least 10 BJP activists including party’s State senior vice president Sofi Mohammad Yousuf have been taken into custody by police since Saturday. “All arrangements are in place to ensure peaceful conduct of January 26 functions. Keeping in view the emerging situation following BJP’s adamancy to hoist tricolor, we have taken special measures to ensure peaceful Republic Day,” IGP Kashmir Zone S M Sahai told media men on sidelines of full dress rehearsal at Bakshi Stadium. The government has again reiterated that nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace in the Valley. “It is unfortunate that BJP is hell-bent to disturb peace in Kashmir. It is not good to do politics over flag-hoisting. The government has taken adequate measures to ensure smooth conduct of January 26 functions across the Kashmir,” Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R S Chib told reporters after flagging-off a group of students at Humhama for ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour conducted by BSF. Police officials deployed in Lal Chowk said they have been asked to perform 24X7 duty. “Our leaves have been cancelled. None of us can go on leave for three days ( January 24 to 26),” said one of the policeman stationed at Ghanta Ghar (clock-tower). He said policemen in civvies have also been deputed in many hotels from Dalgate to Amira Kadal. “The step is meant to keep a close watch on BJP workers and its leaders as they may try to address the media,” he said. Another police official said police and intelligence sleuths have been deployed in Press Enclave as well. “The measure has been taken to foil any attempt by BJP or JKLF workers to stage protests. We have inputs that BJP activists may stage protest in Press Enclave for media coverage,” he said. Meanwhile, police raided the house of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik’s house twice since Sunday evening. “Police raided Malik’s house at Maisuma last evening and during the day. The cops quizzed his family members,” a JKLF spokesman said in a statement issued here. He said the raids were also being conducted on the houses of many other JKLF leaders and activists. In a related development, Hurriyat (M) leaders have also gone underground to evade arrests. Hurriyat (M) had supported JKLF’s “Lal Chowk March” and its leaders were planning to join JKLF chairman Yasin Malik in the scheduled march. “Senior Hurriyat (M) leader Bilal Gani Lone, Shahid-ul-Islam, Khalil Ahmad Khalil and some other leaders have gone underground,” Hurriyat (M) sources said.