In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, the government of Jammu and Kashmir downgraded and withdrew the security of 18 Hurriyat leaders, addressing this withdrawal Home Minister Rajnath Singh in stern words reiterated that 'separatism will not work'.
He said, "Jab mein Srinagar gaya tha tab maine kehe diya tha jisko Pakistan se paisa milta hai, jiski Pakistan se mili bhagat hai aise sare logo ki security ko review kiya jana chahiye aur vaha security review kar rahi hai, state government review kar rahi hai."
("When I went to Srinagar, I had said that those who get money from Pakistan and are involved with them, their security will be reviewed and we are reviewing their security, the state government is reviewing the security")
According to the spokesperson of the Home Department, it was notified that providing security to the Hurriyat leaders is wastage of scarce state resources, which could rather be put to good use.
When further questioned by Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami over the same, Singh proclaimed that the government will not allow separatism further asserting that Kashmir was, is and will be a part of India.
He said, "Hum ye separatism chalne nahi denge, hume isse kisi bhi surat mein swikar nahi karenge, mein do tuk shabdo mein kehena chahta hu. Nahi chalegi, Separatism nahi chalega Kashmir mein. Meine kehe diya na, nahi chalega."
(We won't let this separatism function, we will not accept this at any cost, I would like to say it sternly. Separatism won't work in Kashmir, I have said it.)
"Kashmir bharat mein tha, hai, aur rahega, duniya ki koi takat usse alag nahi kar sakti," he added.
(Kashmir was, is and will be a part of India, no power can separate it.)
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Along with the Hurriyat leaders, the security of 155 political persons and activists was withdrawn, who did not require the security provided to them based on their threat assessment and activities. This includes Shah Faesal, who resigned from the IAS and Wahid Parray.
The security and allied arrangements provided to Shabir Shah, Hashim Qureshi, Bilal Lone, Abdul Ghani Bhat was revoked first, followed by SAS Geelani, Aga Syed Mosvi, Maulvi Abbas Ansari, Yasin Malik, Saleem Geelani, Shahid ul Islam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Abul Hussain, Abdul Gani Shah and Mohd Musadiq Bhat, were among the leaders whose security has been downgraded and withdrawn.
With this decision, over 1000 police personnel and over 100 vehicles are freed to do regular police work.