Centre mulling to establish separate “Leh Police Wing” for Ladakh

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

Kargil: An establishment of separate police wing in newly carved UT Ladakh is on cards and preparations in this regard have been initiated. Sources told that the separate force would be named ‘Leh Police Wing’ (LPW) and will be headed by IGP rank officer.

Wilayat Times reports that according to JKNS, it has been learnt that the newly turned Union Territory (UT) Ladakh would be given separate police wing soon and Union Home Ministry has started ground work for its completion.

Sources said that after New Delhi scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two Union Territories on August 5, Union Home Ministry is mulling to grant separate police wing for Ladakh. They said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard have directed officials to review the geographical scenario and population data of Ladakh and submit a detailed report in this regard so that the territory would be given a separate police wing for maintenance of law and order.

Official from Home Ministry told JKNS that a high level team of HM is working on the proposal and soon it will submit its report to higher officials. They added that a separate police wing in the newly carved UT will be headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP).

As per official, the proposed police wing would be named ‘Leh Police Wing’ (LPW) and all funds needed for the welfare of force would be granted directly from Union Home Ministry and it will have no impact over the funds given to existing J&K police wings.

Official further said that the proposed police wing will include forces personnel from Ladakh and Leh districts only and if more personnel is needed to maintain law and order in the UT, then new recruitments would be taken into consideration. He added all arrangements is to be done under the Re-Organization Act 2019 as the Ladakh which once was part of erstwhile J&K state has been separated from Jammu and Kashmir and onwards all affairs in the region will be supervised and controlled by New Delhi.

A senior police officer said that for strengthening the police force in the newly carved UT, a comprehensive recruitment drive in Kargil district would be started in January 2020.

It is pertinent to mention that Ladakh was turned into UT on October 31st after which central government appointed first-ever Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur there while S S Khandari was appointed first Inspector General of Police (IGP). Earlier also Ladakh was granted separate divisional status on February 2019.