Flames of Kashmir unrest reaches Jammu, tough time for new DGP

Harbans S Nagokay

While as the flames of Kashmir unrest is reaching Jammu region, the newly appointed ‘temporary’ Director General of Police (DGP) is expected to face tough time.

The government today gave the command of J&K Police, engaged in maintaining volatile situation in Kashmir Valley, to special DG SK Mishra temporarily in the absence of K Rajindra, who is on leave to attend the marriage ceremony of his daughter at his home town Hyderabad.

The flame of unrest in Kashmir has reached Jammu division whereas in such circumstances, there is a great challenge for 57 years old 1986 batch Special DG SK Mishra.

Kashmir Valley is on boil for last 25 days but the moment DGP SK Mishra took over the charge, the reports about unrest are also witnessed in parts of Jammu.

The effect of Kashmir calendar of separatist Hurriyat Forces is now being circulated in Muslim majority areas of Jammu Division. District Kishwar always remain affected with communal disturbances.

According to available information, a complete shutdown has been called in Kishtwar district as mark of protest again civilian killings in Kashmir.

The call was given by Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmad Kitchloo after presiding over a meeting held under the banner of Markazi Majlis Shoura Committee.

Similarly, Banihal is also going to follow diktat of Hurryat calendar, where Beopar Mandal Banihal and Imam of Central Jamia Masjids Banihal have decided to observe shutdown for four days.

Banihal town located on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway would remain closed for next four days to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

They have also decided to follow the calendar of separatist forces issued by joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The new DG SK Mishra has to face this challenge while Jammu Zone is commanded by 45 year 1996 batch IG Danish Rana, who took over command during March 2015 but earlier such situation did not happen.

All 10 districts of Jammu Division are having DIG, DIG Nisar Ahmad is deputed in district Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar, DIG Surinder Gupta at district Udhampur, Reasi, DIG Ashok Wani at district Jammu, Samba and Kathua while DIG Johny William at district Rajouri and Poolch.

There is great challenge for SK Mishra to control situation in Kashmir Valley, but the hardships for the new DGP will compound if similar situations arouse in pockets of Jammu.

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