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Most drug addicts start in school bunking phase says Srinagar police on students picture


SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday made it clear that its aerial surveillance teams are keeping “vigilant watch” in “public areas” only so as to ensure privacy.

The police also rejected criticism over circulating pictures of a group of students by it, claiming that the law enforcement agency was aware about its “responsibility” and that they were not “identifiable” as their faces were hidden.

“Our Aerial Surveillance teams are keeping vigilant watch looking for criminals, absconders etc. using high-resolution cameras. This clip (showing in the tweet) is from a public space in downtown,” police said in a tweet. “The surveillance is in public areas only, so as to ensure privacy.”

Regarding the circulating of a picture in which a group of students is seen roaming on streets of Qamarwari during school hours, police sought to defend two concerns raised by a few netizens.

“Moral Policing: Most criminals are drug addicts, most drug addicts start in school bunking phase,” the police said in a separate tweet.

Regarding concerns over identity, police claimed that “no student is identifiable as they have hidden their faces, names nowhere. We are well aware of our responsibilities.”

Earlier Police said that these students were found roaming on streets in the Qamarwari area during school timings. “Parents are requested to keep watch on school-going children. Further, school authorities may also inform parents in case any student is found absent without leave or prior intimation” Many students have been noticed roaming in parks, and roads during school timings recently.


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