The decision of the Government to withdraw security of political activists of different parties, including CPI (M), is arbitrary and has no justification. The decision has been taken at a time when election process is in full swing and it could endanger the lives of these leaders and activists.
The political process in violence-hit Kashmir is itself a difficult task. The activists cutting across the political line are risking their lives and doing their bit to strengthen the process of peace. The administration should encourage them by protecting them. The least the administration can do is to provide them the security.
However, unfortunately, security cover of activists, cutting across the political spectrum, has been withdrawn. Security cover of three prominent leaders of CPI (M) namely Mohammad Afzal Parray, Sham Prasad Kesar and Mohammad Yousuf Lone has also been withdrawn.
I have taken up the issue with Governor Satya Pal Malik appealing him to direct the concerned to reconsider this decision and restore the security to the prominent functionaries of political parties so that they can carry out their activities freely.