Police profiling released militants
Srinagar June 26: Police have started an intensive exercise of profiling released militants in some areas of north Kashmir.
To begin with the police have issued detailed profiling forms carrying 25 queries regarding released militants in Baramulla, Sopore and Rafiabad areas.
The forms issued by the police asks released militants to give their details like code name (when he was active), residence, present occupation, Tanzeem (outfit), date of exfiltration, date of infiltration, recovery, FIR numbers, date of arrests and release, economic status and phone numbers.
The profile form also seeks details about the family of the released militants father, mother, wife, his brothers, sisters, sons and daughter.
A police official said profiling is being carried out to ascertain the exact number of released militants in the areas.
“The profiling will help us to monitor them (released militants) as there is always an apprehension of them becoming active. We want to know who (militant) is doing what and where they live,” the official said. “Also we want to correct our number lists regarding the former militants. We want to match the current profiling lists with the records we are having”.
He said the profiling is being carried out in sector levels. “By sector we mean that forms are distributed collectively in three police stations. When we collect all sectors it will give us figure of the entire district,” the official said, adding, the process would be completed in a week.
Abdul Qadeer, President of Peoples Right Movement, a party of released militants in north Kashmir, said the former militants in Baramulla, Rafiabad, Sopore were called to respective police stations and were given the forms to be filled.
“It’s not the first time they want information from former militants. They are being called regularly to police stations,” Kadeer said. “Now they are thrusting profiling forms on us. They are actually taking revenge from us since the movement was initiated by the armed militants.”
“By this they also want indicate that they have not forgotten us even after 21 years,” he said.
“It has been decades when we infiltrated and exfiltrated. How can we remember the dates? Apart from our profiles now they want profiles of our families as well. It means they would keep watch on my son and brothers. They would blacklist them as well. Why they need such information?”
Kadeer said there were estimated 10,000- 15000 released militants in north Kashmir.
An agitated former militant expressed resentment over new “police diktat.”
“I have three sisters. I don’t even want my neighbors to know what their names are. How can I mention their names in police forms,” he said. “My question is what they have to do with names of our sisters and mothers?” he added.
When contacted the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) north Kashmir Muneer Khan said that profiling of released militant was a routine matter.
“We have to know their actual numbers. There is always an apprehension of their recycling. If it happens how you would identify them,” Khan said. “This is just being done to update the records of police stations. We want their full family details to know who actually he is. May be later they are rehabilitated later and the details can be used there”.
He said that the apprehension of released militants that their future generations will be black listed, is baseless. “Days are gone when the families of militants were denied passports. The government is issuing passports to their wards and relatives. Even some former militants are employed,” he said.
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