The top cop in-charge of Srinagar was on Sunday 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 NK Tripathy and other officers, was held after the firing incident in which CRPF is reported to have fired at the mob.
The Chief Minister made it clear to the police and paramilitary forces that they must exercise utmost restraint in dealing with the public.