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Omar Government removes all 'operational' SPs; gives prize postings to the do-nothing lot
Reports say militants have heaved a sigh of relief over the Police reshuffle
12/11/2013 11:20:50 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Dec 11: Reshuffle for the sake of reshuffle is a clichéd phase in the bureaucratic jargon but the recent massive shake up perhaps betrays the National Conference government's compulsion for the Kashmiri electorate's boycott to the upcoming Parliamentary and Assembly elections. Even after setting him free at a crucial time, Kashmir's political establishment does not view the Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani as the game changer.
Despite thick attendance at his rallies, Geelani's talk of boycott has not met with the "desired" enthusiasm. There has been just an insignificant variation in the peoples' mood: Over 70 percent of them seemed to be bracing up for participation in the next Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. More than 65% of the rural voters and not less than 30% of the urban voters seem to be still eagerly waiting for the elections. Across the table in the NC, there is now consensus over the proposition that lesser the turnout, greater the prospects of the party's victory.
With Geelani either failing or to cast the dye for a total boycott or holding back his tactics, Chief Minister, who is also the State's Home Minister, has displaced almost all the SPs of the operational background in the Valley. SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari, SSP Anantnag Ramesh Kumar Jalla, SP Sopore Imtiyaz Mir, SP Budgam Mohammad Irshad, SP Handwara Mohammad Aslam Choudhary and SP Shopian Mumtaz Ahmad have been the face of the counter-insurgency operations in the last few years. All of them, with the one exception of Mohammad Irshad, have been shifted---mostly to insignificant positions where they would have no role in curbing and containing terrorism.
Interestingly, the SP of Pulwama Amit Kumar, in whose tenure the regrouping militants re-established a strong base in Pulwama, has been given the State's most important posting of SSP Srinagar.
Whether, it is a reward for harassing and humiliating the NC's own but the Chief Minister's most hated colleague, Rajya Sabha member Ghulam Rabi Rattanpuri, or the result of the DGP's strong recommendation in favour of the young IPS officer is not known. However, one thing is clear that with an inexperienced and egoistic man, Srinagar could be turned into a haven for the militants. There are reports that the militants have heaved a sigh of relief over the major shake up in Police as the officers whose efforts had shrunk their space have all been relocated.
While the best of the KPS lot, who demonstrated bravery and risked their life and properties, including those of their relatives, have been given insignificant and "cell" postings, one of the junior most IPS officers has been picked up from the West zone in Srinagar and posted as SP of Pulwama. His batch mates are reportedly still either SDPOs or ASPs.
The most potential candidate among the lot for the all-important posting of SSP Srinagar, Ramesh Jalla, has been appointed as SP of CID Special Branch---the post vacated by someone whose total span of the Police service is shorter than Jalla's years as SP and SSP. Even the most incompetent of the lot, Zubair Khan, during whose period Baramulla became the new capital of the valley's stone pelting and anti-national demonstrations, has been left intact and asked to continue on the prize posting despite being just an Additional SP. It was during his tenure as SP City (West) that the militants carried out the most successful of their attacks on security forces on the Bypass.
Though many of his additional SP colleagues, who did little to take on the militants and held white-collar postings throughout since their entry in 1999, have been given the IPS cadre district chief postings, SP of Sopore Imtiyaz Mir has been unceremoniously dumped in an IRP battalion. There are speculations in circulation that the Cabinet succumbed to the pressure generated by the Chief Minister's confidante Nasir Aslam Wani who wanted his old favourite Shahid Meraj to be elevated from the "Generation 4 Ganderbal" to the "Generation 1 Anantnag".
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