Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday trashed the reports that police personnel in the state have been deprived of necessary arms and ammunition while dealing with critical situations. "To say that we have not given them arms is wrong, we have given them both weapons as well as batons and shields as well," Omar told Legislative Assembly in Jammu.
"I reject the impression being created that police personnel have been deprived of necessary arms and ammunition," the chief minister said, adding, "It is not true". On March 2, two Indian Reserve Police personnel were killed by militants in Handwara town of north Kashmir while they were carrying non-lethal arms at the time of the attack. Later, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Panthers Party attacked the government alleging that the disarming of police force in militancy-infested areas was leading to such killings.
Omar said on Monday, "They are operating under a mutually agreed upon SOP and always remain equipped with the necessary required ammunition when on law and order duty." The Jammu and Kashmir Police and paramilitary forces are working in the most difficult situation here as compared to other states of the country, they do not know what situation they have to face next morning, he said.
"We have given them both weapons as well as batons and shields as well," he told Legislative Assembly in Jammu.