The Jammu and Kashmir police have embarked on a door-to-door census in parts of the Valley, collecting information about residents, particularly those working abroad or having connections to militancy, reports said. The exercise, informally known as the “police census,” has raised concerns due to its recurrence, with fears of it becoming an annual ritual.
Residents in targeted areas have reported police officers visiting their homes, distributing forms, and requesting details such as names, phone numbers, and Aadhaar card information. Despite past instances leading to allegations of political profiling, some residents have noted their willingness to cooperate, citing the police’s assurance that the exercise is for security reasons.
The police maintain that such exercises aid in keeping a close watch on militants, making policing more efficient. Despite concerns, a police officer stated that people generally cooperate with the authorities during these initiatives.
In addition to the door-to-door census, security forces have initiated various surveillance measures, including scrutinizing government employees. Government workers now find themselves required to obtain clearance from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and vigilance authorities for foreign travel, including pilgrimage to Haj, a process that can take weeks or even months.