Have militant links? No passport for you

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.

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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