Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to keep a close watch on activities of separatist leaders, including the hardliner Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. A MHA top official, who did not want to be named, told KNS over phone from New Delhi that on the directions of the Home Minister Rajnath Singh the MHA has directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to keep close eye on the activities of separatist leaders. “MHA feels that separatist leaders including Syeed Ali Shah Geelani are detrimental to disturb the peace in Jammu and Kashmir and the unity and integrity of the country. The MHA has asked the JK Home department to put activities of Hurriyat leaders under surveillance and take legal action against them in case of any adverse activities,” he said. The directive from MHA came ahead of PM’s visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting state on November 7 and is likely to announce a massive development package for Jammu and Kashmir during his public rally in Srinagar. The official said the MHA has also told the state government to put in place a proper system of surveillance on their activities. “As and when anything adverse surfaces, appropriate action as envisaged by law should be taken,” the MHA has said. Citing a fresh report submitted by the JK government to the Centre, he said that the state government has assured that intelligence apparatus and the local police were working in tandem. “This will facilitate the planning of advance and adequate deployment of law and order components for the maintenance of peace in areas likely to be visited by separatist elements,” he added. He said that GOI is also keeping a close watch on militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. “The central government is keeping a close watch on the situation in J&K. Union Home Ministry is keeping itself abreast with all the sequence of the events from time to time. They are also giving most valuable guidance to the state of J&K,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch