Jammu & Kashmir

Former CMs of JK likely to lose their special security cover

A file photo of Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah.

Srinagar: Four former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, including Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad, are likely to lose their Special Security Group (SSG) protection as JK administration has decided to wind up the elite unit established in 2000, PTI reported quoting officials.

As per the report, the move comes a little over 19 months after the GoI had issued a gazette notification- Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020- on March 31, 2020, amending the Special Security Group Act of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir government by omitting a clause that provided former chief ministers and their families with SSG security.

Quoting officials, the report said the decision was taken by the Security Review Coordination Committee, a group that oversees the threat perception of important leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

The officials said the SSG will be “right-sized” by reducing the number of the elite force to the “bare minimum”. It will be headed by an officer below the rank of Superintendent of Police as against Director, who is of the rank of Inspector General of Police and above.

However, the officials feel there was a re-think over the downsizing of the SSG as some experts within the police force feel that this may hamper the preparedness of the elite unit.

The SSG will now be entrusted with the security of serving chief ministers and their immediate family members.

The decision will entail the withdrawal of the security cover of Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and two other former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.


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