KUPWARA — Stating that government forces are working for a ‘peaceful’ atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir, the Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Saturday said that the attacks taking place in Kashmir reflect the ‘frustration of the neighbouring country’ (Pakistan) as the top militant leadership stands ‘wiped out’ of the region.
He also claimed that the local militant recruitment has reduced considerably and the youth are preferring sports and other courses as their career.
The DGP stated this while talking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the border district of Kupwara, where he reviewed the security situation and also paid a visit to slain J&K Police sub-inspector Arshid Mir’s home.
Arshid was a native of Kupwara district. He was killed in a militant attack in Khanyar area of Srinagar a few days ago.
“A couple of days back, one of our policemen (Arshid) was killed in a militant attack in Srinagar while performing his duties. We are proud of his sacrifice but, at the same time, all of us are deeply saddened by the incident. We stand by his family members in this hour of grief”, the DGP said.
He said that he has assured justice to the people of Kupwara, and that those involved in the killing of Arshid will be brought to justice soon.
The J&K Police chief reiterated that government forces’ fight against militancy will continue.
“We want peace to prevail so that people can live in a peaceful atmosphere and with prosperity. Efforts to keep peace intact are underway,” he said.
About the militant attacks despite government agencies claiming the violence graph had reduced considerably in Kashmir, the DGP said, “Both police and the security forces make claims based on facts and figures which is the result of successful counter-militancy operations. Let me tell you that the top militant leadership of all the outfits stands wiped out and the overall militancy-related violence graph has come to a low.”
In a veiled reference to Pakistan, he said that it was out of the neighbouring country’s frustration that militants are carrying out attacks. “One policeman of the class-4 level was killed yesterday. Besides, a non-local labourer was also shot dead by militants,” he said.” Which religion allows attacks on unarmed people?”
He claimed that the overall situation is getting more ‘peaceful’ compared to the previous years but the “enemies of peace’ aren’t happy with the peaceful atmosphere in the region”.
About the local militant recruitment, the DGP said that the graph has not increased but reduced considerably as youth are acting ‘wisely’. “We want the youth to focus on their career and not to indulge in any unnecessary activity. Today, youth are preferring sports and other fields as their career,” he said.
Regarding the presence of militants and over-ground workers (OGWs) in north Kashmir, the DGP said that it is not necessary to disclose the figure this time. “The fact is that the number of OGWs is half the previous figure,” he said, adding that no local militant is active in Kupwara, Baramulla and Sopore districts, but there may be some activity from other ends.
“Barring Sumbal area of Bandipora district, no militant is active in the northern belt of Kashmir,” he said. “Expect Sopore and Sumbal, there is no militant active in north Kashmir.”