Police begins threat perception assessment


Srinagar, Nov 6: With the Panchayat representatives pressing for security cover following latest reported threats from a frontline militant group, Jammu and Kashmir police in coordination with various security agencies have started ‘threat perception assessment’ of Sarpanchs and Panchs across the state.
A top police official told Greater Kashmir on condition of anonymity that law enforcing agency has to do ‘threat perception assessment’ of around 4,000 Sarpanchs and 29,000 Panchs across Jammu and Kashmir.
The threat perception exercise, according to the top official has to be carried out under the supervision of Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) of each district. On ground the perception has to be assessed by the Station House Officers (SHOs) in their areas of jurisdiction.
The police will have a detailed profile of Sarpanchs, Panchs and the defeated Panchayat representatives. “Besides it would also be seen how vulnerable the area is,” the top police official said.
He said while profiling the Panchayat representative it would be assessed whether he belongs to majority or minority dynasty/community of the village/Mohalla. “This profiling will help the law enforcing agencies to asses the rivalry angle of the Panchayat representatives in the respective areas,” he said and added that the profiling of the defeated candidates will help police to asses whether there is any threat to winner from the loser. “In case of enmity the loser can play foul by hatching conspiracy,” the official said and added that same has to be reported to SSP of the district.
Further the areas vulnerable to militant activities would witness round the clock patrolling by the police and other security agencies operating in the area. “In case the area is extremely vulnerable, a mixed component of police and paramilitary force might get stationed in the area,” the top police official said.
“After the assessment of all these factors SSP would recommend whether there should be individual security to any Sarpanch and Panch,” the top police official said.
Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani told Greater Kashmir that assessment has been started. “Every measure is being taken to instill sense of security among the Panchayat representatives,” Wani said.
Pertinent to mention, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday while replying a question about the recent reported threat to Panchayat representatives by Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin said, “As far as Kashmir is concerned, there are some areas which are militancy affected - where central and state intelligence agencies will do on-ground threat perception assessments- after that if we have to take further steps, we will take them but it will not be made public”, the Chief Minister said.
Since the completion of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir five Panchayat representatives have been killed by the gunmen. The killings subsequently resulted into the resignation of around 400 Panchayat representatives.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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