March 2006 News

Former Ultras Told To Register With Police

28 March 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: The J-K Police, apprehending the recycling of former militants, has asked them to register themselves and mark their attendance every week in the local police stations. The step has come after the police had directed all the non-residents in Srinagar to register with the police. 'Yes, they (former militants) have been asked to register with local police stations,' admitted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for Srinagar, Muneer Khan, adding, 'This is a routine process.' The police have asked all the former released militants and those who surrendered to join the mainstream to register with police. The former militants have been asked to submit two photographs and fill up a registration form at their local police stations. They have also been asked to furnish information about their job profile and present residential address. 'We have asked them to provide us information about what they are doing and where they are living at present,' said SSP Khan. The police earlier had asked the non-residents of Srinagar to register with the police. They had started a registration drive making it mandatory for labourers from outside states and people from different parts of the Valley, living in rented accommodations in Srinagar, to enroll with the police in Srinagar. The step was taken after police apprehended that Pakistani militants were active in city in the guise of the Bihari labourers. The police, in fact, killed a Pakistani militant at Soura in the city outskirts, who was running a garment shop there. 'There are apprehensions that militants may recruit them (former militants),' said a senior police official, adding, 'By registering them we will be able to keep a check on their activities.' However, the new police directive has angered the former militants. 'We don't understand the logic behind the police directive,' said a former released militant of Khanyar, adding, 'We are living a peaceful life but we don't know why the police don't allow us to remain so.' The released and surrendered militants say that though they have entered the mainstream, the police order may prove counter-productive. 'Some of us may rethink our decisions,' said a surrendered militant, pleading anonymity. He added that this police directive will not help them. 'The militants, who will be thinking to lay down arms, will think twice before taking a final decision,' he said.


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