STATE TIMES NEWSJammu: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said the disassociation of Syed Ali Shah Geelani from the separatist outfit Hurriyat Conference was reflective of his “frustration and the negative approach”. He also said the security agencies are working hard to make more areas terrorism free to relieve people of the “oppression and atrocities” by terrorists but said no time frame could be set to make the Kashmir Valley violence-free as Pakistan is continuously making attempts to push in armed terrorists. “Geelani disassociated himself from the Hurriyat Conference yesterday and in his letter he acknowledged of having caused huge loss of life and property to the people over the years and the mission he wants to follow has failed,” the police chief told reporters after inaugurating a women’s police station in Rajouri district. He said Geelani’s admission that the people associated with the Hurriyat used its platform for personal gains was reflective of the “frustration, incompetence, negative thinking and negative activity”. Geelani, 90, the lifetime chairman of the pro-Pakistan Hurriyat Conference, made a surprise announcement of completely dissociating himself from the 16-party amalgam on Monday, alleging lack of accountability and a brewing rebellion in the ranks. Asserting that police and other security agencies are working to strengthen the peace prevailing in the valley at present, the DGP said 128 terrorists were eliminated since the beginning of this year, but Pakistan is making all out efforts to push more terrorists into this side to keep the pot boiling.
“This month alone, 48 terrorists were killed in various successful operations, which is the highest number in the month of June in the past many years. The last surviving terrorist from Doda was among three militants killed in Anantnag district yesterday, while two more terrorists who were involved in the recent martyrdom of a CRPF jawan and killing of an innocent child were eliminated (in south Kashmir) today,” he said.
The DGP said police and other security agencies are working to make more areas terrorism free so that people are relieved of the “oppression and atrocities” being committed by terrorists.
“They have killed innocent people but the situation is far better than before and we are trying to further strengthen the peace in the valley,” he said.
In response to a question, Singh said setting a time frame for making Kashmir violence-free is not possible since Pakistan is continuously pushing armed terrorists into this side.
However, he said security forces are working to further strengthen the border grid to foil the Pakistani attempts to push in armed terrorists into this side.
“A new infiltrating group (of terrorists) had come from Pakistan and was neutralised on the Line of Control in Nowshera sector (Rajouri) on May 28. It was followed by another encounter after a gap of one day and one more terrorist was killed while two of his associates probably went back.
“Similar attempts are being made on the international border as well. We have an encounter with a group of three Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who sneaked but were eliminated in an encounter in Nagrota (in January). A group had earlier managed to sneak via the same route,” he said.
He said similar infiltration bids were made in the Kashmir Valley, especially Keran and Karnah in Kupwara and Uri in Baramulla.
“Many infiltration bids were made from there. One group was neutralised in April (in Kupwara) while attempts are being made to activate Gurez and Machil sectors (of north Kashmir) to facilitate infiltration,” he said, adding that the border grid is fully vigilant and the nefarious design of Pakistan would be scuttled.
Referring to his visit to Basantar sector along the International Border (IB) along with Inspector General of the Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu frontier, he said security grid is being further tightened there.
He said Pakistan is also trying to utilise drones to smuggle weapons and narcotics into Jammu and Kashmir and “we are working out a countermeasure to deal with the threat”.
“BSF jawan successfully shot down a drone armed with an M4 rifle and some grenades along the IB. This was for the first time that a drone was shot down though there were a number of attempts by Pakistan to send drones earlier as well,” he said, adding that the weapons were meant for JeM terrorist Ali Bhai, who is active in south Kashmir.
Earlier, during his visit to the Rajouri-Poonch belt, the DGP addressed a joint darbar of Police and CAPF personnel, reviewed security situation and measures for COVID-19 with officers and officials at District Police Lines Poonch.
DGP also visited the MT workshop, COVID Care Centre, Administrative Block at DPL Poonch. He inaugurated Women Police Station and chaired officers meeting.
He was accompanied by IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, DIG Rajouri Poonch Range Vivek Gupta.
Addressing the joint Darbar of officers and Jawans of Police, SSB, ITBP and CRPF at DPL Poonch, the DGP said Poonch district has a unique distinction, as it once eliminated the terrorism and never gave it a chance to emerge again despite many attempts of terrorists and their associates across the border to disrupt situation here. He appreciated the District Police Poonch for dealing with law and order and other crimes effectively and professionally.
The DGP said, “Unfortunately we have a neighbour in the form of Pakistan which is always looking to destabilize peace here and added that like in the past the evil designs of that country would be foiled in future also”. He said the J&K Police and other security forces are working shoulder to shoulder against the terrorism and hoped that forces would continue their good work with more dedication and coordination to ensure long lasting peace in J&K.
The DGP stressed for maintaining vigil on narco-terrorism activities as Pakistan is attempting to involve our youth in the menace, as they did in Punjab after their other nefarious designs failed. He directed for establishing Naka points on Mugal road as also on national highway to keep check on transportation of drugs and peddlers.
He said that Police Headquarters is always making sure that all the requirements are provided well in time to the every district Police Administration. Referring to welfare measures, the DGP said that many welfare measures have been taken in recent past and more measures will be taken in near future including promotions, better infrastructure etc.
Speaking to the media, the DGP said, the aim of visiting the districts was to review the internal and border security arrangements of the district and added that reports received from district officers are satisfying . He said anti terror operations are going on aggressively and during the ongoing month alone around 48 terrorists of different terror outfits have been eliminated.
The DGP added that during the past six months around 128 terrorists have been killed. He said that launching pads are active across the border and continuous attempts are being made to push large numbers of terrorists here.
In the afternoon, the DGP visited Rajouri where he inaugurated Women Police Station and also chaired officers meeting to take a review of security and COVID-19 arrangements.
While inaugurating Women Police Station, the DGP stressed for effective measures for justice to women and children.
The DGP said, “Crime against women shall be sternly dealt with.
The DGP took security review meetings of all the officers of District Rajouri and Poonch along with the officers of CAPF and urged officers to work with zeal and enthusiasm .
DGP highlighted the role of police in maintaining good relations with the public and stressed upon the need to have better relationships with masses. He also acknowledged the great sacrifice by forces in maintaining peace and security in the twin borders districts.
IGP Jammu zone and DIG Rajouri Poonch Range also spoke on occasions.
SSP Poonch Romesh Angral and SSP Rajouri Chandan Kohli, briefed the DGP regarding overall internal security, ceasefire violations and anti infiltration measures,
Besides IGP Jammu and DIG RP range the meeting at Poonch was attended by SSP Poonch, DC Poonch, ASP Poonch, Jurisdictional Police officers, Assistant/Deputy Commandants of CRPF, BSF, SSB, ITBP of Distt Poonch.
The meeting at Rajouri was attended by IGP Jammu, DIG Rajouri Poonch Range, SSP Rajouri, CO IRP 2nd Bn Rajouri, DC SB Rajouri, CO CRPF 72 Bn., Jurisdictional Police officers of district Rajouri and commandants of CAPF.
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