J-K police rubbishes report of possible revolt on 35-A scraping

Director General of Police Dr S P Vaid.

Srinagar: Rubbishing the reports of any possible’ revolt’ within the Police ranks if the Supreme Court scarped Article-35 –A, Jammu and Kashmir Police Sunday said that there was authenticity in the news report carried by a section of press.

The Jammu and Kashmir DGP S. P. Vaid told Kashmir News Service that the report was ‘rubbish’ and carry no credibility. Reports had surfaced in media had earlier in the day that Government had received intelligence reports about the possible revolt within the ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Police in case the controversial state subject law was tampered with.

Many media outlets have reported that Intelligence agencies have warned that there could be a “revolt” in the police ranks and massive unrest in Jammu and Kashmir if the Supreme Court passes an “adverse” order on Article 35A of the Constitution on Monday. The reports had quoted Director General of Police, admitting that the local police had a view about this emotive issue.

The top court will hear a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the presidential order of 1954, which defines “permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir”, and bars non-locals from buying and owning land in the state.

The DGP however, denied any kind of intelligence inputs and said his force was a ‘professional force’ and for them, “Duty comes first’. He however, hoped that the hearing will be deferred.

He added, that the standing council of the State Government has submitted in writing in Supreme Court requesting for deferment of the hearing. He Situation remained peaceful on Sunday barring a few minor stone pelting incidents in Srinagar but admitted that there was a complete shut down across the valley. He said police has no problem with the ‘peaceful protests’ on the issue.

Sensing trouble, the state government has already requested the apex court to delay the hearing till local body and panchayat elections due in October. Last year too, the Supreme Court had deferred hearing after the centre said that the government has appointed an interlocutor to hold negotiations with various stakeholders in the state. (With inputs from KNS)

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