Thursday, May 30, 2013


Srinagar May 29 (Only Kashmir): The authorities today said that the security is provided to only 2,542 people facing threats from militants. An official reply to a Right to Information query said 2,542 people faced threats "and as such have been provided security cover". It said a total of 4,074 security personnel provided security to these people. It added that Rs.55.4 million worth of fuel was spent in 2012 on vehicles deployed with these 2,542 people. Though the reply said that many families of those getting protection were also provided security, no details were offered. "And we have 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir," he said. "Each cabinet minister moves with at least two security vehicles with at least two dozen security personnel... So, the number of protected persons and those giving protection is underplayed. The cost incurred on security too is not rightly reflected," the official said. (OK)


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