Jammu and Kashmir’s top police officer is all set to lose his job over the recent tit-for-tat kidnapping fiasco, when a militant’s father was released in exchange for the freedom of kidnapped family members of policemen, NDTV reported.
Quoting sources NDTV reported that home ministry has asked new Governor Satyapal Malik to look for a replacement for state police chief Shesh Paul Vaid.
As per the report the home ministry believes that the police failed to comprehend the fallout of the kidnappings. The release of militant’s father is believed to have demoralised the rank and file in the state’s police.
Almost a dozen policemen and their family members were kidnapped last week and released when the police set free militant group Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riaz Naikoo’s father.
The governor has also been asked to look for a new Additional Director General of Police, CID (Criminal Investigation Department) to replace Abdul Gani Mir, NDTV quoted sources as saying.
The report said that the home ministry is upset with the way the police handled the kidnappings of the family members of the cops and its aftermath.
Three policemen and eight relatives of policemen were kidnapped by militants in south Kashmir last Thursday. They were set free hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Police quietly released around a dozen family members of the militants.
Among those released by the police was Asadullah Naikoo, the father of Reyaz Naikoo, a “commander” of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group.
Sources say three candidates are being considered for replacing SP Vaid – VK Singh, SN Sahay and Dilbhagh Singh.
The central government wants the change at the top in place before the state votes in local body polls later this year. The municipal elections are slated be held in four phases from October 1 to October 5, and the Panchayat polls will take place in eight phases from November 8 to December 4.
Vaid, a 1986 batch police officer, took over as state police chief in January 2017.