Law and order

You cannot curtail the ordinary freedoms of people in this name, and so frequently

Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 20 2017 10:19PM | Updated Date: Oct 20 2017 10:19PM

Once again the authorities have imposed restrictions in areas falling under the territorial jurisdiction of seven police stations. The restrictions are mostly imposed on Fridays thus depriving a big chunk of Srinagar population of their right to congregational prayers. During restrictions, the historic Jamia Masjid remains out of bounds. This has been a major irritant, and people have highly resented the frequent closure of the mosque which is reminiscent of the Dogra and Sikh regimes which kept the mosque locked for quite some time. This is by all standards highly condemnable. In the name of law and order, a big chunk of city’s population cannot be deprived of something that is part of their ordinary routine. This policy is not doing any good to the administration. In fact, it adds fuel to the already volatile situation. Similarly imposition of restrictions frequently has not gone down well with the people. In the garb of upholding law and order, the right to liberty of half of city’s population cannot be curtailed. The frequent restrictions have wreaked havoc with trade in these areas. It has been reliably learnt that some business men have shifted their business outside the state. The commoners have also suffered. They have experienced difficulty in removing ailing persons to health centres. Many believe that the restrictions in seven police stations are imposed for political reasons. According to them, a message is being conveyed that rest of the valley is peaceful and the problems lies in areas falling under the seven police stations of Srinagar city. However, the statements of the top army and police officers belie this belief. The administration, therefore, has to ensure that people are not subjected to inconvenience every now and then in the name of law and order. The administration has to recognise peoples’ right to protest. Imposing curbs has not helped anybody for the past one decade. So this is high time to make changes in this mindset. The administration must refrain from imposing restrictions in old town, or any other part of Kashmir.

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