[Reader-list] Hurriyat chairman wants stylish jeep

Pawan Durani pawan.durani at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 09:45:19 IST 2010


*Srinagar:* When it comes to availing facilities and using resources of the
state for their personal security and convenience, separatist leaders in
Kashmir are very much Indian subjects.

Sources from the police department told *Mumbai Mirror* that Hurriyat
Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has allegedly turned down the bullet-proof
vehicle provided by the State Government because he wanted a more stylish
bullet-proof jeep to roam in the valley.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have upgraded security of separatist leaders,
who are under threat from militants. The step was taken after Hurriyat
Conference Fazal Haq Qureshi was shot by militants in Srinagar.

Most of the leaders and politicians live in palatial houses in upmarket
colonies. They are protected by security personnel armed with lethal weapons
and are driven around in bullet-proof cars.

Some of the leaders, who travel in bullet-proof vehicles and have a Z-plus
security include Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Bilal Lone, Sajad Lone,
Shahid-ul-Islam, Aga Sayeed Hassan, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Mirwaiz Umar
among others.

Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference is
shadowed by a Gypsy both in the front and rear when he travels, carrying 10

His residence near the Hazratbal shrine is fortified by a platoon of
policemen, who ensure that even journalists keep away from him

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