Srinagar: The top cop in-charge of Srinagar
was today summarily removed after the death of one person in
firing by security forces in downtown Srinagar which
triggered angry protests.
Riyaz Bedar, Senior Superintendent of Police, was
replaced by Syed Ashiq Bukhari after a high-level meeting
chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to review the law and
order situation. Bukhari was SSP, counter-intelligence.
The meeting, attended by state DGP Kuldeep Khoda, Special
Director General of CRPF N K Tripathy and other officers,
was held after the firing incident in which CRPF is reported
to have fired at the mob.
The Chief Minister has directed Divisional Commissioner,
Srinagar, Tanveera Jahan to probe the incident and submit a
report within a week.
Abdullah made it clear to the police and paramilitary
forces that they must exercise utmost restraint in dealing
with the public.