CID denies pressurising passport litigants to withdraw cases

SRINAGAR — J&K Police on Friday said that it has come across several items in the media in print as well as electronic, suggesting that its intelligence and counter intelligence wing among other things is pressurizing litigants to withdraw from the process of redressing their grievances through courts of law.

Ordinarily, law enforcement agencies do not rush to the public to discuss its work processes and procedures especially those that are legally ordained to be discreet in public interest.

A spokesman of Criminal Investigation department in a statement to Srinagar based news agency Kashmir Dot Com said that since some of the published items contain out rightly false assertions attributed to figures with public profile it has become necessary to point out the untruthfulness of the claims.

On learning that accusations have been made that CID of J&K Police has pressurized a litigant to refrain from litigating in the High Court in connection with her passport related grievances, a quick internal audit was carried out, he said.

He said that J&K Police can affirm that the claim of such pressure is completely false. Nevertheless, officers are being detailed to approach the aggrieved person and ascertain details – who pressurized, when, where and under what circumstances so that the quick internal inquiry if found inadequate can be expanded to take suitable disciplinary action against the delinquent.

Unfortunately, the public person has apparently projected her personal grievance as also to be the grievance of the public in general in Kashmir. This is very problematic. J&K Police and its affiliates are public institutions and designed to serve public interest. Denigrating the community’s own institutions for grievances that are personal on the basis of false accusations is self-harm, it said, according to news agency Kashmir Dot Com.

The statistics as per police would put the records straight; 2020: out of 77686 passport verifications received, 77644 (99.95%) cleared.

2021: out of 75714 passport verifications received, 75176 (99.68%) cleared.

2022: out of 134315 passport verifications received, 128939 (99.61%) cleared.

The spokesman further said that ”Security verifications preceding the issue of passports is a high value public service. It is important to note that J&K Police has detected as many as 54 young boys who were wrongly given passport service during 2017-18. Unfortunately, all of them went to Pakistan, were taken to terrorist camps, trained in arms, ammunition and explosives, many of them pushed back into J&K through LoC and 26 of them died while either crossing or during encounters in the hinterland. Lives of 12 of these young boys could be saved by the CID after their return from Pakistan, by bringing them under preventive custody so that terrorist-separatist syndicates do not succeed in pressuring them to join terror ranks.”

“Eventually all of the 12 have been handed over to their families. Today they are alive and happily live amidst their mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers and friends. Unfortunately, 16 of them are still across and trapped in camps under control of hostile agencies.”

It is heartbreaking to know that in some cases even parents had no idea that passport services have been extended to these boys of tender age, police said adding that Intelligence and investigation has confirmed that in each and every case the visa to Pakistan was arranged at the behest of one or the other leader of a constituent party of Hurriyat.

CID is committed to help the parents of vulnerable young persons in not falling prey to the death traps. ‘’J&K Police is committed to speedy and hassle free clearances for more than 99% who are ‘clean and green’ and a professional filtering of those who should be prevented from availing the service – some in their own interest and others in the interest of the public, the statement added. — (KDC)