After hanging, J&K Police counselled its men to stay calm, do job

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In the days after the hanging of Afzal Guru, the Jammu and Kashmir Police organized several daily durbars with the lower rungs of the force in order to "avoid any inside trouble", sources told The Sunday Express.

The police brass has been concerned over the possibility of "strong sentiments" being generated within the local constabulary, and an effort was made to talk to the men even as a strict curfew was clamped on the Valley.

The special durbars were held in the police lines of four districts Srinagar, Anantnag, Awantipore and Kulgam the sources said. A police constable who attended the durbars in Srinagar told The Sunday Express that there was anger in the police, but that they had been asked to keep their emotions under check.

"We were told that we have to sometimes do tasks that we may not agree with," said the constable, who declined to be identified. "Constables in both the executive police and armed police are angry. Policemen in general feel upset. It is very difficult to ask people to stay indoors and to not come out to protest when we totally agree with the people," he said.

Senior police officers declined to speak on the matter on record. An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said that "it is known" that there is a "strong sentiment against the hanging", especially among the local members of the force.

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