Cops from Armed Police to guard vulnerable Panchayat heads in Kashmir

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In view of a spate of attacks on the members of the village Panchayats in different areas of Kashmir Valley, the Ministry of Home Affairs is believed to have directed for deployment of cops from the Armed wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police on security duty.

A recent communication suggested that the authorities have called for a database of J&K Police’s Armed wing’s cops who are under the age of 35 and have at least five years of service. Such cops will be deployed as Personal Security Officers with the Sarpanchs and Panchs on the basis of threat assessment.

Quoting informed sources a news agency said that the decision has been taken by Union Home Ministry, which has directed the Armed wing of the J&K Police to provide a list of senior constables and constables with minimum five-year service and age below 35 years.

The young cops were called for their expertise in weapon handling said the agency as it claimed that the Senior Superintendent of Police Armed Police control room (APCR) on September 3 asked all Commandants of Kashmir based armed police and IRP units to provide the list of young cops deployed in their units.

“In continuation of this office signal number APCR/DEP-27/2020dated 03.09.2020 regarding the nominal roll of the officials SGCT/CTS) of your respective units for special duties. In this regard the service of the officials should be minimum of 5 years and the age of the official must be below 35 years”, reads the from SSP APCR to all commandants of Kashmir based AP/IRP units termed as a most urgent message.

Pertinent to mention is that several panchayat members were recently attacked, in which many lost their lives and an equal number were left seriously injured. Among those who were targeted were the members of ruling BJP.

This sent shockwaves among the members of rural bodies, who sensing the vulnerability, and threat to their lives panchayat members organized several protests, demanding security from the government. Some of them, under the fear of losing life, even submitted their resignations from the basic membership of these rural bodies and their parties. In order to raise confidence among the panchayat members and to put an end to the resignation wave, the government has finally decided to provide security to the panches and sarpanchs across the valley


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