Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said that PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, a Z+ category protectee, has an extensive and sophisticated security arrangement designed to ensure her safety at all times.

In a statement issued to the news agency KNS, a spokesperson said that her security detail includes a team of 34 personnel, led by a Chief Security Officer of the rank of an Inspector.

“The security posse includes Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and a Close Proximity Team of specially trained personnel in close combat. It also includes protection on the move to ensure her security on road journeys,” reads that statement.

The statement comes in the wake of concerns raised by Mehbooba Mufti’s party and several politicians after she had a narrow escape in a road accident in Anantnag district yesterday.

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As per the statement, she is provided a double escort of eight personnel from the paramilitary. “Her residence at Khimber is guarded by a strong contingent of paramilitary guard personnel. Her security convoy comprises multiple vehicles, including a vehicle-mounted jammer to neutralize electronic threats.”

It reads that there was a swift response post-accident by the police. “An alternative vehicle was deployed within an hour. It is noteworthy that the accident happened at Bijbehara which is at a distance of approximately 50 km from Srinagar from where the Special BP vehicle was despatched,” police said.

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It added that some of the claims made by the party in the open media about what is part of Z+ security are not factually correct. “Ideally security arrangements of senior protected persons are not discussed in the public domain. However, it has become necessary to reassure our protectees, including party functionaries of PDP, that the security arrangements for Ms Mufti were and continue to be very much in place.”

Police further said that accidents unfortunately are many a times due to unforeseen factors and the road behaviour of other users.

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