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Pulwama attack: J&K govt cancels security cover for 5 Kashmiri separatists

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Srinagar on Friday, had said security given to people getting funds from Pakistan and its snooping agency ISI should be reviewed

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Police arrests Chairman of Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after he defied his house detention and led a protest march towards Jamia Masjid at Nigeen in Srinagar on Friday Photo: PTI
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. File photo.

The and administration Sunday issued orders to withdraw security of five separatist leaders, including Umar Farooq, officials said.

Besides the Mirwaiz, the security cover for Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, and has been withdrawn, they said. However, there is no mention of pro-separatist in the order.

According to the order, all security and vehicles provided to the separatists will stand withdrawn by Sunday evening. No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.

Police will review if there are any other separatists who have security or facilities which will be withdrawn immediately, the officials said.

Rajnath Singh, during his visit to on Friday, had said security given to people getting funds from and its snooping agency should be reviewed.

"Some elements in and have links with the and terrorist organisations. Their security should be reviewed," he had said after reviewing security in the aftermath of dastardly terror attack in South Kashmir's district.

Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror strikes in and when a suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden vehicle near their bus in district.

The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to

First Published: Sun, February 17 2019. 12:00 IST