Early Times Report
Srinagar, Jan 10: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the law enforcing agencies in Jammu and Kashmir, especially state Police to keep a close watch on the activities of freed separatist leaders, ET has learnt.
Sources said that MHA believes that 'a number of separatist leaders are detrimental to the public order and the unity and integrity of the country', particularly Jammu and Kashmir. "MHA feels that separatist leaders including Syeed Ali Shah Geelani are detrimental to disturb the peace in Jammu and Kashmir and the unity and integrity of the country. The MHA has asked the JK Home Department to put activities of Hurriyat leaders under surveillance and take legal action against them in case of any adverse activities," sources quoting MHA told Early Times.
Sources said that the MHA is also keeping hawk's eye on separatists anti India activities. "The state authorities has also been instructed to take legal action against the separatist in case of any anti national activities on part of these separatists," sources said..
Sources said that after directions from MHA, the local security agencies and the local police started working in tandem to thwart "every ill design of anti-national elements so as to maintain peace and tranquility in the state".
Sources also said that the MHA has also told the state authorities to put in place a proper system of surveillance on their activities. "As and when anything adverse surfaces, appropriate action as envisaged by law should be taken," Sources quoting MHA said
The MHA has asked the law enforcing agencies to monitor the activities of freed separatist leaders
Sources said that though the authorities had informed the MHA that a proper system is in place to have an effective surveillance of freed separatist leaders, but the union Ministry of Home Affairs has also started to monitor the activities of various separatist directly.
Sources said that the MHA has asked the JK authorities to keep strict track of separatists including, Syeed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz, Shabir Ahmed Shah, and others, adding that the object of keeping close eye on separatists is to prevent the situation from taking ugly turn.
It is to mention here that with the improvement in situation in the Valley, authorities had released separatist leaders.
After Burhan's killing, separatist leaders began issuing weekly "protest and shutdown calendars" and authorities launched a massive crackdown on their activists and youth for participating in street protests to end the crisis and restore peace and normalcy in the Valley.
Separatist leaders including Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik were arrested and lodged in jails.
Sources said that Jammu and Kashmir government has assured the centre that intelligence apparatus and the local police were working in tandem.
A source in the MHA said that Government of India is also keeping a close watch on militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The central government is keeping a close watch on the situation in J&K. Union Home Ministry is keeping itself abreast with all the sequence of the events from time to time. They are also giving most valuable guidance to the state of J&K," sources said.