As political parties gear up for rallies in Kashmir, police issues security advisory

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Srinagar, Jan7: As political parties gear up for the election rallies to woo voters through their respective poll planks, police have asked the politicians protected by the special security guards (SSG) to first get the “proper security clearance” before holding rallies.
For south Kashmir districts, the politicians have been asked to first seek proper clearance from the director SSG first and also from the concerned district police chiefs before selecting a place for the rallies.
“There is no specific advisory, but yes, politicians who are protected by the SSG guards must first seek security clearance from director SSG and then take a call on holding rallies.
At times, politicians take risk by holding rallies without getting security clearance, which can post a great risk to their lives,” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) law and order, security, Munir Khan said.
Of late, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief have been visiting the families of relatives of slain militants “in a bid to garner support” given the mass rebellion in her party that saw at least eight of her former ministers deserting the party at a crucial time.
Om Monday, she also addressed at rally on the occasion of her father’s third death anniversary at Dara Shikoh park in Bijbehara area of Anantnag.
National Conference too has started its mass contact program and according to sources, Congress too will start rallies and public contact program given the fact that elections can be announced in J&K anytime in the current year.(KNO)