Srinagar, August 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the presence of police officers from the Kashmir Valley at key district-level positions in the territory, especially in the Valley, is witnessing a sharp decline since the recent past.The transfers effected by the Home Department of the occupied territory on Monday triggered fears among local officers that they would be dumped to insignificant positions in coming days.
“Are we not competent enough to handle crucial assignments? How can officers with four to five years of experience handle crucial and sensitive districts in Kashmir? It is sheer injustice,” a group of police officers told media in Srinagar.With Monday’s reshuffle, the number of officers from Kashmir holding the positions of district police chiefs has reduced to five. Of them four are holding such positions in Kashmir and one in Jammu region.
In Kashmir Valley’s 13 police districts, only four local police chiefs are from the region.Rayees Ahmad Butt (SSP Udhampur) is the lone police officer from the Kashmir Valley holding the charge in Jammu region. Occupied Kashmir has 25 police districts – 13 in Kashmir, 10 in Jammu and two in Ladakh.
A senior police officer, preferring not to be named, said that transfers in Jammu region had also been effected without giving due thought and consideration.Political experts have termed the sidelining of local police officers as a measure to cope with the possible revolt in police ranks if Indian Supreme Court gives a verdict for abrogation of or amendment to Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which grants special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
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