Congress has protested mass withdrawal of security of its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir by the state government, alleging the move "reeks of bias" and has made political activists "soft targets" and "sitting ducks" for the terrorists
In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said hundreds of BJP and PDP workers and their sympathisers, many of whom hardly played any role in politics, have been provided security cover. Citing recent spurt in terrorist violence in the state, Azad has asked the Centre to restore the withdrawn security.
"In the wake of heightened terror activities, quite intriguingly, there has been mass withdrawal of personal security and vehicles
of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), District Congress Committee (DCC) and Block Congress Committee (BCC) level office bearers of Congress party across the state, especially Kashmir Valley, Chenab and Pir Panjal region. "Even the security complement of PCC President and senior level leaders across the state has been downgraded drastically in a whimsical and selective fashion," Azad said. He said had it been done on a rational and non-partisan basis, and in an improving security environment, it would not have caused any heartburn.