JAMMU: Shaheed Burhaan Public Park, Wager, Budgam, Kmr-the green, bottle green and white coloured huge sign-board on the gates of a green belt in a village of Budgam tells the tale of Kashmir. Moreso, it reflects worse kind of apathy of Jammu and Kashmir Police that keeps claiming, day in and day out, to be front runner in the war against terrorism. Is it so? The presence of sign board at a public place betrays all such claims. These claims patently appear to be hollow, fake and exaggerated. If the police is really so involved in fighting scourge of terrorism, how come terror-signs keep mocking at one-lakh strong force in the State?
Unlike the army and the para military forces, visibility of police is hugely marked in every nook and corner of the turbulent Valley. Despite that, frequent incidents of fluttering Pakistan and ISIS flags speak volumes about its presence and inaction. But for losing nearly 1,500 personnel at the hands of terrorists and radicalised Jihadis, the police has nothing to gloat about. Will its top brass explain as to how many terrorists have been killed by the police in independent operations? Unfortunately not even one. The successes achieved against terrorists are mainly due to the army and other security forces that have been working at the peril of their lives in most difficult and hostile conditions. The Jammu and Kashmir has advantage of gathering intelligence and monitoring the movement of unwanted persons, who could be threat to national security as also the police itself. But it has never even strived to take a lead role, as Punjab Police did in nineties.
The force that cannot remove the sign board, least to speak of apprehending those displaying it prominently in a public park, is not capable enough to take on indoctrinated Jihadis.
The sign board in the Central Kashmir village carries an ‘inspirational’ message for India bashers and vulnerable youth to join militancy. It is actually a stanza of the so-called Tarana of Jaish-e Muhammad, which reads “Shaheed Tum Se Ye Keh Rahi Hain, Lohaa (Lahoo) Hamara Bhula Na Dena” or “the martyr is telling you not to forget their blood”.
Despite the picture of the provocative sign board going viral on various social media platforms, the police has not removed it. Can it be a sign of sympathy for the cause or the village being liberated where police cannot tread to walk? Allowing this trend to sustain, all the public places in the Valley will turn as memorials of Pakistan marauders, who have been killed fighting Indian security forces or while attacking innocent people, their co-religionists included.
Jammu and Kashmir Police has failed in meeting the challenge posed by Pak sponsored Jihadis, who keep attacking its personnel unabated. The tears of a young Anantnag girl-child this week might have moved the people across the world but the police is yet to frame up response to avenge the brutal killing of her father, as Assistant Sub Inspector. Same is the case with other 1,500 deaths the police suffered during lunatic militancy so far. Such is the timidity of the police that it kept thumping its backs for avenging the lynching of Dy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandith in Jamia Masjid and killing of six police personnel in south Kashmir ambush while the facts are that the terrorists had been gunned down by the army. Ironically, the JKP had extended extra security cover of Mirwaiz Umar, in whose presence in the Jamia Masjid Complex, a Dy SP was lynched to death. When shall the State Police rise to defend its identity, leave alone the personnel, who fall like mute ducks at the hands of terrorists?
Jammu and Kashmir Police has not been able to get the leadership it deserved during past twenty seven turbulent years unlike Punjab, which got a legend like K.P. S Gill, who changed the course of 80s militancy and made his State terror-free. The dynamism of Gill had inspired the Indian Army so profusely that a general was compelled to say, “Gill is a great nationalist and a natural leader. In fact he is a rock against
which the Punjab Police lean”. The army’s training command has documented tactics adopted under him to prepare its own treatise. This is the strength of a courageous leader, who can lead from the front. Gill achieved such a stupendous success that will always be remembered as a saga of one man’s true grit, personality, and some unusual methods.
Jammu and Kashmir Police will have to muster courage and take initiative to establish its superiority at the home turf. The foremost challenge will be to make Kashmir free of nuisance mongers, who keep fluttering Pakistani flags and raising memorials at public places under the nose of police. The holding of cricket matches after singing Pakistani anthem or burning Indian tricolour in open public spaces portray the ugly face of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
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