A day after the BJP sought security for its workers in the Valley, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday held a meeting in Srinagar and asked the security agencies “to give due consideration to the genuine apprehensions of political activists working at the grassroots level”. ‘Close watch’“There is a need to constantly maintain a close watch on the ground situation. Leaders of different political parties and other organisations may also raise their security concerns with the security headquarters of the J&K police. Due diligence of threat perception will be carried out by the intelligence agencies before any provision of personal security to persons with a perceived threat,” Mr. Malik said during the meeting. The meeting was attended by Adviser to Governor K. Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, Additional Director General of Police Security Muneer Ahmed Khan and Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani. The Governor said he would invite leaders of different political parties to discuss their security concerns and ways to address them “to create a secure political and governance environment for one and all”.Inquiry orderedThe Governor also ordered an inquiry into all attacks that have taken place since October 2018 against political leaders or workers in Kashmir. A report would be filed within 15 days “with appropriate recommendations”, an official said. For elected sarpanches, municipal councillors, mayors and presidents, it was decided that they would be provided a secure room for their stay either at the State or the district level. The J&K administration had on February 20 decided to withdraw security to 18 Hurriyat leaders and 155 political persons and activists, including Shah Faesal, who resigned from the IAS, and Peoples Democratic Party leader Wahid Parray. It was followed by withdrawal of security to leaders of the National Conference and the PDP. Over 1,000 police personnel and over 100 vehicles were freed to do regular police work, the administration said. Alarm bellsHowever, the killing of BJP leader Gul Muhammad Mir, 60, in south Kashmir on May 4 outside his residence has set the alarm bells ringing. The BJP hit the streets in Srinagar on Tuesday to demand security for its workers in Kashmir.
Sheeja Mathews became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle.Why should men have all the fun with Harley Davidson? Bangalore-based HR professional Sheeja Mathews on Tuesday became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle, thus breaking the stereotype of only tattoo sporting muscular hunks riding the bike.The 34-year-old, who has been riding to her office on her husband’s Yamaha RD 350 for the past 10 years, is now looking to cruise the new ‘Iron 883’ to her workplace at least once a week.”I didn’t know that I was the first woman to buy a Harley Davidson in India till the company people told me. I thought of upgrading to a Harley when they opened a showroom here,” Mathews said.When asked what prompted her to go for a Harley Davidson, she said: “Well, I have been riding my husband’s bike for the past 10 years and I thought it was high time I upgraded.”Mother of a 7-year-old son, Mathews said even her son is excited about the new bike, on which the family has spent about Rs 8 lakh in total, although the ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs 6.5 lakh.”Oh, he wants me to drop him to school on the bike so that he could show off his mother’s bike to his friends,” she said, adding, she would be taking the bike on long rides on weekends.A self proclaimed foodie and a shopaholic like any other woman, Mathews said she has been a drag racer as well.advertisement”I do drive a (Tata) Safari and (Chevrolet) Cruze but I love bikes,” she said, adding, her businessman husband chipped in 20 per cent of the amount for her Harley Davidson.The American cult bike maker started selling its bikes in India from last year and announced to set up an assembly plant in India in order to cater to demands here.The Iron 833 model is one of the two models to be assembled at the Bawal facility in Haryana. The other model is the Super Low.The company offers a total of 15 models in India priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 38.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).