Munir Khan, the new inspector general of Jammu and Kashmir police, has announced a major change in the recruitment rules of the organization.
Per the latest policy, the backgrounds of people applying for a job in J&K police will be checked strictly and thoroughly. No job will be given to those whose close or distant relatives are involved in terrorist activities.
Munir Khan, talking further about his decision, also said that these relations have been seen to be effective; hence, verification needs to be stricter. Most of the people quitting the police force have had connections with terrorists in some way or the other.
Khan has made the announcement saying that the authorities are forced to take strict measures because of some unfortunate incidents in the past. There have been cases of police personnel fleeing the job to support terrorist activities.
Navbharat Times reports Munir Khan saying that there were exemptions in recruitment earlier which were measures taken by the government for the betterment of people. But those exemptions have been misused which has to stop now.
At least 9 policemen have run away from their jobs to support terrorist organizations and have even taken more than 15 police weapons with them. In a similar incident last week, Navid Mushtaq, a constable of Nazneenpura Shopian escaped with 4 rifles and ammunition. Mushtaq has reportedly associated with Hijbul Mujahiddin, a terrorist group.
In the year 2016, two policemen named Shakur Ahmed and Riaz Ahmed also escaped with police arms. Similarly in 2015, constable Naseer Pandit, posted as security guard of the then minister, Altaf Bukhari, had fled with 2 AK24 rifles and had terrorist connections. Pandit was later killed in an encounter.