The state government has directed authorities across the state to take all necessary security and other measures to ensure peaceful Eid-ul-Azha congregations and prayers.
One of the top officials of the government wished not to be named told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the Police and district administration in all the districts have been asked to make sure that security and other arrangements are well in place. “DCs, SSPs have also been directed to monitor the situation very closely to avoid law and order problem,” he said.
Sources said it has also been decided to make additional deployment of security personnel in sensitive places on the Eid day and before it. “This is being done to avoid recurrence and to keep proper vigil on the situation”.
Police said they are committed to ensure “peaceful” Eid. “We don’t want law and order problem should emerge on the Eid. We are fully prepared that no untoward incident happens on Eid and want safety and security of the people. People should celebrate this festival without any problem,” a senior police official told.
“Security forces including Police, CRPF, have been asked to take extra vigil on the Eid occasion. Officials dealing with law and order problem have also been told to be available at their respective districts and not to leave without the permission of designated authorities,” police sources said.
One of the top Police officials here in the police headquarter told adequate security arrangements will be made across the state to avoid any law and order problem.
“The activities of all those youth who had been arrested, released on the charges of stone pelting in the past are being properly monitored,” the police official said.
“There will be additional deployment of security forces in various place in Srinagar, Sopore, Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and other places that witness frequent protests,” the official maintained.
Meanwhile sources told that the government was unlikely to release political prisoners before the Eid.
A senior police official wishing anonymity told KNS that police was yet to take any decision over releasing of any political prisoners. “Moreover it was outside the domain of police to release any prisoner on its own. No such decision has been taken since we have to adhere the court orders before releasing any prisoner,” he said.
When asked police had released some political prisoners and stone pelters before the Eid in the previous years, he replied, “There is nothing such and they would have been released as per the court orders. Before Eid if any prisoner is released, it will be on the court orders,” the official maintained. (KNS)