Effective policing helps in making a civilized society and it is only by relentless efforts of police that we see peace in societies and crimes getting thwarted or decreasing. In Jammu and Kashmir state due to burning political conflict the Police Department has had to play multiple roles and have given exemplary sacrifices while rendering their duties.
For some time the feel that Kashmiri based police officers at top positions is dwindling and also the ratio of Kashmiris in JK Police is dwindling is getting much vocal . Worryingly enough the presence of police officers from Kashmir at key district-level positions in the state, especially in the Valley, is witnessing decline with every fresh transfer order.
On the otherhand, The transfers effected by the state Home department on Monday have triggered fears among the local officers that they would be dumped to insignificant positions in coming days. “Are not we competent enough to handle crucial assignments? How can officers with four to five years of experience handle crucial and sensitive districts in Kashmir? It is sheer injustice with us,” a group of police officers told leading English daily of Kashmir Greater Kashmir.
Pertinently, With this latest reshuffle, the number of officers from Kashmir holding the positions of district police chiefs has reduced to five. Of them four are holding such positions in Kashmir and one in Jammu province.In Kashmir Valley’s 13 police districts, only four district police chiefs – Imtiyaz Hussain Mir (SSP Baramulla), Harmeet Singh Mehta (SP Kulgam), Altaf Ahmad Khan (SSP Anantnag), Imtiaz Ismail Parray (SSP Srinagar) – are from the region.
Also on the otherside of the spectrum, several netizens of Kashmir had expressed dissatisfaction over what they claimed less number of Kashmiris featuring in the latest selected Sub Inspector list. A total of 2,181 candidates have been shortlisted for vivo voce and personality assessment test for the post of sub- inspector and of these, 1,525 candidates hail from Jammu province and 656 candidates are from Kashmir province.
Although the police on Wednesday refuted the allegation of discrimination, spread through social networking sites, in the selection of shortlisted candidates for the post of sub-inspector (SI).
“Baseless comments and queries are reportedly circulating among the public through social networking sites about the alleged discrimination to the candidates of Kashmir province which is an intentional move to defame the credibility of the entire recruitment process,” a police spokesman said.
The spokesman said the post of sub-inspector was a state cadre post and a common statewide merit was to be drawn for it.
“The written examination for the post was a competitive examination conducted on an OMR-type answer sheet. The J&K Police has completely switched over to the transparent recruitment process. The current recruitment process is a technologically driven one with minimum human intervention,” the spokesman said.
He described the allegations of discrimination as “baseless, fake, concocted and ill-intentioned”.
But analysts state that without an iota of doubt the situation calls on looking into these burning facts and ensure remedial measures.