Police bars protected from venturing out without clearance

Police bars protected from venturing out without clearance

Srinagar, June 03: Following the killing of a BJP councillor by militants in south Kashmir’s Tral, Police on Thursday issued an advisory barring protected persons from moving out without Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and security clearance.Inspector General Police (IGP), Kashmir Range Vijay Kumar, in a tweet urged protected persons not to venture out without PSOs and security clearance in view of the recent attack.”No #protectee should go anywhere without PSOs. Visits are allowed only after ground assessment of local #threat is done. Request is to all protectees not to #violate SOPs and risk their lives unnecessarily,” IGP Kumar said in a tweet.The move came hours after BJP councilor Rakesh Pandita, who was the chairman of the Tral Municipal Committee, was attacked by three unidentified militants  and was  killed on the spot.As per Police Spokesman, the slain Pandita had left behind two PSOs allotted to him at his Srinagar accommodation. The injured woman was the daughter of a friend whom he had gone to visit. “He succumbed to injuries whereas the woman was seriously wounded,” he said.Pertinently, it is the third attack on BJP leadership in the valley, on March 30, militants killed its two councilors and a policeman outside a meeting hall in north Kashmir Sopore.On April 1st, militants attacked the residence of BJP leader Mohammad Anwar Khan in Srinagar in which one policeman was killed.A senior police officer told Rising Kashmir that they have been directed to keep eye on political activities of different parties and so that security arrangements are made in advance.“We have reviewed the security situation and loopholes are being addressed. Police have issued a strict advisory for protected persons and protocol will be followed letter and spirit to avoid future incidents,” he said.The officer said all precautions are in place including the issue of safe accommodation of political leaders and protected persons. There is no need to panic, the situation is under control, he said.

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