The authorities have removed security cover of Ghulam Hassan Khan, former minister and senior Congress leader from his Shopian residence.
Talking to KNS, Khan termed the decision unfortunate and a ‘reward’ for speaking truth about the recent firing incident that took place at Gagran in Shopian resulting into the death of four youth.
“I had said that the youths killed in the incident were civilians. I think, this is the sin I committed that the authorities have withdrawn my security cover,” Khan told KNS.
Giving details about his security cover, the former minister said a total of 13 CRPF guards including a sub inspector were attached with him since 1996. “I don’t know who has issued the orders for removal of my security cover which took place at 11 in the morning today,” Khan said, adding that he had inquired about it from the deputy commissioner and Superintendent of Police Shopian but couldn’t get a satisfactory answer.
“They told me that they will look into the matter,” the senior Congress leader from Shopian informed. He also termed the move as a ploy to prevent him from discharging political activities in his constituency which according to him is known for militant activities.
“God forbid if any untoward happens with me or my family; the state government shall be responsible for that,” Khan told KNS, adding that some vested interests have hatched a sinister plot to restrict his movement.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Abdul Ghani Mir when contacted by KNS said: “I will look into the matter.”
Prof Saif-u-Din Soz, president Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) when asked about the issue, told KNS that he is in Jammu and has not received an such information. “I am coming to Srinagar in a day or so. I will surely take this issue with the concerned authorities,” Soz added.
On September 12, while refuting the police claims that one among the four youth killed in Shopian was a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Khan had said that the slain was a Bihari labourer who had nothing to do militancy.