Srinagar, January 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police is conducting fresh profiling of protected persons and their Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and surprise checks to prevent weapon-snatching by unidentified persons and ensure guards are on duty. Witnesses said that policemen recently visited flats at Chanpora-Natipora in Srinagar and sought allotment letters from tenants, their personal information and professional details.
“The policemen, who recorded the profile of tenants, also inquired whether any tenant residing in the flats was protected with PSOs,” they said. On January 3, a police party led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Nehru Park Police Station conducted a surprise visit at the residence of BJP spokesman, Altaf Thakur. The police team found Thakur’s PSOs absent and seized their weapons.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Munir Ahmed Khan, confirmed that police was conducting profiling of protected persons and their PSOs. The exercise comes in the aftermath of recent weapon-snatching incidents from protected persons in Srinagar. On December 30, four AK rifles were snatched by unidentified persons from the residence of Congress leader, Muhammad Muzaffar Parray, in Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar.
During investigations, police came to know that only one PSO of Parray was on duty while three others were on unauthorised leave. Subsequently, all the four PSOs were dismissed from service and police is investigating the case. The PSOs of protected persons, according to the police officer, can go on leave only after following proper procedure by seeking leave permission from competent officers and not from the protected person.
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