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Why Kashmir is outraged

8 17 484

The restive Kashmir is expressing some anger again, but this time for an unusual cause.

The people of this militancy-ridden region, especially the youth, have stood up in support of a top-ranking police official — who interestingly — is neither from the majoritarian Islamic-faith nor from their native state — Jammu and Kashmir.

The government’s decision to remove the highly-popular officer — Basant Rath, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, has caused a stir. News reports suggest that his social media spats with ace cricketer Virat Kohli, expressing admiration for former Pakistani skipper Javed Miandad, and calling the newly elected mayor of Srinagar a “cabbage” cost him the key chair.

Widely thought of as one of the most upright officers in the police force, Rath has been 'attached' to the Armed Police. He is succeeded as IGP Traffic by Alok Kumar — who was suspended in 2013 for allegedly demanding graft of Rs 10 crore from a liquor vendor.

Though transfers are routine administrative matters, and the public rarely reacts to such governmental decisions — Rath’s ouster has drawn unusual public concern.

People's cop: Inspector general of police (Traffic) — Basant Rath (Photo: PTI)

On November 8, Rath had locked horns with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli over the latter's controversial........

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