IOK police will revolt if Article 35-A scrapped, warn agencies

Srinagar, August 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): Indian Intelligence agencies have warned the government of possible revolt in local police and massive uprising in Jammu and Kashmir if the Supreme Court passes an adverse order on Article 35-A of the Constitution, Indian media reported on Monday. The top Indian court is hearing petitions challenging the Article 35-A, which defines permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and bars non-locals from buying and owning land in the state.

Intelligence agencies have written to the government, warning a revolt in the police ranks if Article 35A is tinkered with, Indian TV channel NDTV reported quoting sources. “Top officers are worried about the fallout in case the Supreme Court decides to strike down Article 35A,” the channel added.

Sensing trouble, the local administration headed by Governor NN Vohra has requested the Supreme Court to delay the case. Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, admitted that the local police had a view about this emotive issue. He hoped that the Governor’s request for delaying the hearing would be accepted by the court.

“Police officers have a view. I am a resident of Jammu and Kashmir and I am also police officer; I have my own views,” Mr Vaid told NDTV and said, “The state government has requested for deferment and I am sure something positive will come.”

For the first time, the police are allowing protests and appealed to people for peace. “I am sure people will express their views peacefully and will not take to violence. I am hopeful that things will pass off peacefully,” said Mr Vaid.

The fear of altering special status of Jammu and Kashmir is also bringing together pro-freedom and pro-India political parties to fight for the common cause. While National Conference and the PDP have warned massive protests, Hurriyat groups have called for a two-day shutdown on Sunday and Monday. Government employees, trade unions, business associations, civil society groups and lawyers are already on strike for the last one week.

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