Srinagar, May 27
Militants snatched two service weapons from Personnel Security Officers (PSO) of a protected person in south Kashmir late Saturday night, official sources said.
The incident took place few days after a senior police officer issued a directive that all sentries, particularly on guard duty, shall wear Bullet Proof (BP) gear and chain their weapons with their belts properly. Besides all the guards shall introduce improvised alarm system and shall remain available round the clock in their respective guard rooms in a state of alertness and in proper uniform during day-time.
Sources said PSOs were guarding Advocate Gowhar, a senior leader of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek Bachao Party (JKTBP), resident of Aasnoor Watoo village of adjoining Kulgam district.
However, militants snatched one AK rifle and one Insas rifle from the PSOs when he was visiting in-laws home in Dabran village of the district. Advocate Gowhar was reportedly associated with Congress, PDP and National Conference (NC) before joining JKTBP.
Police has registered a case and started investigation. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) A K Choudhary in a directive has directed its personnel on guard and sentry duty to avoid using the mobile phones during duty.
Over a dozen incidents of rifle snatching and attacking guards by militants were reported from different parts of the Kashmir valley during the past few months.
Taking it very seriously, the police department has imposed ban on use of smart phones by sentries during duty hours.
He has said that it has been observed that recent weapon snatching incidents have occurred due to the reason that sentries on duty remain engaged with their smart phones for most of the time thereby compromising with their legitimate duty.
He has further said that this tendency has considerably increased and resulted in weapon snatching or killing of police cops in the state, particularly in the Valley.
The order said that the tendency not only lowered the image of police organisation but also compromises with personal security of the individual. This speaks volumes about lack of supervision and sensitisation of lower subordinates with inputs and overall security situation in and around a particular area.
Therefore, the order said no sentry will be allowed to use smart phones while and no sentry shall carry with him any smart phone during duty hours under any circumstances.