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Have militant links? No passport for you

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Srinagar, September 28: Regional Passport Office, Srinagar in the reply to a RTI filed by an activists has revealed that 37 persons in Kashmir have been denied issue of passport/travel  in Kashmir since 1990 after following due verification process.

Although the activist was also seeking the list of persons in Kashmir who were denied passports since 1990 for their direct or indirect links with militancy but the authorities have declined to divulge information onr that.

The authorities at Regional Passport Office, Srinagar said that the past history of the persons applying for fresh passports has been denied by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the J&K Government. But the department has been kept out of the purview of the J&K Right to Information Act, 2009, by the government.

In reply to activist’s RTI application, the Chief Public Information Officer at Regional Passport Office, Srinagar, said  “The information sought with regard to the name, parentage and address of the persons falls under Section 8 (g) and (j) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and as per the records available with this office, refusal orders have been issued against 37 passport applications/forms as on date, that is, August 24, 2015”

But the activist termed the information provided as vague and rues that the concerned officer refuses to specify the denial of passport is whether because of the links with militancy or any other ground. After refusal from Regional Passport Office, Srinagar, the activist had also approached the CID, J&K

Noor has now moved an appeal before the Chief Passport Officer and the Appellate Authority at New Delhi.

Besides, Noor had also approached the CID, J&K, seeking information on the number of persons denied passports since 1990 for their direct or indirect links with militancy.

“It is to inform you that the CID as an organisation of the state has been kept out of the purview of the J&K RTI Act, 2009, vide SRO 86, dated 12.03.2012 issued by the state government”, the Public Information Officer, CID, Headquarters, J&K, said in his reply while denying the information.

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