Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government's plan to gradually remove CRPF bunkers in the valley took a serious hit last week when a policeman was allegedly shot dead by a terrorist. While many say the strike was a message, the state government feels there is no connection between the two.
The murder was definitely not a good start to the Omar Abdhullah government's peace programme. According to the plan, 40 such bunkers in the valley will be removed.
The attack on the policeman, however, caught the government unawares.
And now, questions are being asked if removing bunkers, which provide valuable cover to security forces, is such a good idea after all. The state government, however, is adamant.
Naseer Wani, Minister of State, Home, says, "There is no link between bunker removal and the killing of the policeman."
"The removal of bunkers will continue," he says.
Omar is reportedly even pushing to amend Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in certain areas. He made the demand to the Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidamabaram during the Chief Minsters' Conference held recently in the national capital.
While it is true that militancy has gone down in the state over the past few years, surprise attacks continue to thwart plans to scale down security.