5 Separatists Turn Down Police Security10 April 2011
Srinagar: Five top separatist leaders have turned down the police security offered to them by the Jammu and Kashmir government. They have refused police security, which included PSOs, guards at homes and vehicles, offered to them by the state government in Kashmir Valley, Home Department officials said. The five are JKLF chief Yaseen Malik, PPF chairman Fazal Haq Qureshi, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and other separatists Shabir Shah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan. The Omar Abdullah government has reviewed the security of separatist leaders last month and also after the slaying of religions leader and Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Mouvli Showkat Ahmed in Srinagar on April eight. Separatist leaders Moulvi Farooq, Prof Abdul Gani, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Hassan Mousvi, Bilal Ahmed Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Sajjad Gani Lone have all been provided Z category security. Salim Geelani, Zafar Akbar Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam and Mohammad Yaqoob Vakil have been given Y category security. Other separatist leaders - Abdul Hassan Mustafa, Moulvi Manzoor Hussain, Masoor Abbas Ansari, Tariq Anwar, Rafiq-ul-Haq and Sheikh Muzaffar - have been provided police security. The officials said an amount of Rs 23.84 lakh had been spent on security of separatist leaders.