After talks’ snub, Govt may cut Kashmir separatists’ security, withdraw passports
After Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh-led all-party delegation was given a cold shoulder by Kashmir separatists during its two-day visit to the restive state, there have been indications that the government might cut the benefits provided to these separatist leaders.
The separatist leaders on Sunday had rebuffed attempts by five Opposition members of the all-party delegation to reach out to them as they refused to talk to them, with hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani even refusing to meet them.
The government, according to media reports, has planned to make these separatist leaders foreign travel difficult and scale down the security which they enjoy at the exchequer’s cost. The decision to cut down funds was decided in a meeting chaired by the Home Minster and attended by top security brass.
The Centre is considering moves to curb their foreign travel by withdrawing their passports and denying travel documents in some cases.
The Centre will also scrutinize their bank accounts and complete pending investigations in cases against them, so that a strong message goes around that those provoking youths in Kashmir Valley to create disturbance since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 will not be spared, media reports said.
The Home Minister had said that their conduct was against “democracy, humanity or even ‘Kashmiriyat’. The Central Government said the state government is treating separatists with kid gloves and has to be tough against them, as students, parents and the middle class were getting restless and want the cycle of violence to end.
The report added that final decision would be taken after the all-party delegation meets on Wednesday in New Delhi for consultations at the highest level.