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JKNPP leader claims withdrawal of his security cover


Press Trust of India Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh claimed on Saturday that his security has been withdrawn by a "biased administration" in an apparent move to restrict his movement.
Singh alleged that it was the political affiliations rather than threat perception which formed the basis for security categorization of political persons in the Union Territory and urged for direct intervention of President Ram Nath Kovind in view of "gravity of the matter".
He said despite being a legislator for 18 years and presently heading a recognized political party, he has been divested of his security as a part of "political conspiracy".
"As the head of a recognized political party, I had to visit various parts and constituencies which did not find favour with a biased and hostile administration," he said, claiming that several "small-time workers" of the BJP had been provided security vehicles and a paraphernalia of security personnel on political considerations.
Accusing the government of playing "petty politics", Singh alleged that those highlighting the "omissions and commissions" of the ruling dispensation were being divested of their security as a measure of "political vendetta".
"Earlier, the leaders of opposition despite their nationalistic credentials had been placed under house arrest for nearly two months in Jammu region as well without citing any cogent and justifiable reason for their preventive detention.
"And now they had been cherry picked for withdrawal of security which continued to be provided to the blue-eyed political activists and workers of the ruling party (BJP)," he added.

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First Published: Nov 30 2019 | 6:35 PM IST

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