Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Geelani (File Image)
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Geelani (File Image)

J-K govt downgrades, withdraws security of all 18 Hurriyat leaders, 155 other political persons

ANI | Updated: Feb 21, 2019 00:15 IST

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb 20 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday downgraded and withdrew the security of 18 Hurriyat leaders.
According to the spokesperson of the Home Department, it was felt that providing security to these separatist leaders is wastage of scarce state resources, which could better be utilised elsewhere.
Among the leaders whose security has been downgraded and withdrawn are SAS Geelani, Aga Syed Mosvi, Maulvi Abbas Ansari, Yaseen Malik, Saleem Geelani, Shahid ul Islam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Abul Hussain, Abdul Gani Shah and Mohd Musadiq Bhat.
This is in addition to four separatist leaders whose security was withdrawn on Sunday.
In addition, the security of 155 political persons and activists, who did not require the security provided to them based on their threat assessment and their activities, was also withdrawn. This includes Shah Faesal who resigned from the IAS and Wahid Parray.
Through this, over 1,000 police personnel and over 100 vehicles are spared to do regular police work. (ANI)