Srinagar, Oct 9: Jammu and Kashmir Government Thursday informed the Legislative Council that 50 retired police and civil servants were being protected by the J&K Police.
In its written reply to a query of PDP legislator Syed Asgar, the government said they cannot make public the names of the retired officers along with the details of vehicles provided to them in view of security implications as the same would endanger their lives.
In his supplementary question Asgar expressed reservation over protection of retired officials saying, "Should we protect the retired persons till death?"
"If government claims that threat perception has receded, why it is not allocating vehicles and fuel to the retired officials proportionately?" he asked.
Meanwhile, Panthers Party MLC Syed Rafiq Shah took strong exception to the failure of government to share details about security provided to retired officials.
"Osama Bin Laden has not sought the information; we have taken an oath of allegiance towards the constitution and the information should be shared with us," he said.
The Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani said that 50 retired officials are being protected by the police.