Like ULBs, Panchayat polls too will be peaceful: Dilbag

‘Terror attack in Srinagar averted’
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 17: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh today hoped that just like Urban Local Bodies, upcoming Panchayat elections will also be conducted smoothly and peacefully and assured good security cover for the polling.
“All four phases of Urban Local Bodies’ elections have been completed peacefully due to security forces and cooperation of the local people. Now, Panchayat elections are scheduled to be held in which there will be no politics (as they are being held on non-party basis). We will ensure good security cover for Panchayat elections as well, like Municipal polls,” he told the reporters.
Municipal elections had concluded yesterday without any major incident of violence across all three regions of the State. Now, process for Panchayat elections will be set into motion from October 23 and first phase of polling will be held on November 17. The elections will be conducted in nine phases.
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Dilbag announced special recruitment of Special Police Officers (SPOs) from the border areas.
He said with the killing of three militants in Srinagar today, major threat of terror attack in Srinagar City has been averted.
“Security situation in Srinagar City will improve with the killing of these militants,” he added.
Appreciating cooperation of the people, the State police chief advised the people not to confront security forces during the encounters with militants and instead cooperate with Army or police in maintenance of peace.
Dilbag said the reports about presence of militants in Srinagar continued to pour and today’s killing of three militants was result of these inputs.
He said the killing of militants will give huge relief to the people as possibility of major terror attack has been averted.
Meanwhile, Dilbag Singh today visited Poonch and Rajouri and held darbars with jawans and officers besides holding review meetings with officers.
Deepak Kumar Salathia, IPS DIG Rajouri-Poonch Range, Rajiv Pandey, SSP Poonch and Mohd Farid, Commandant JKAP 6th Bn., received the DGP at Poonch. The DGP inaugurated the ‘Barracks Block’ for Jawans and Gazetter Officers Mess at DPL Poonch and Stadium-cum-Multipurpose facility at DPL Rajouri. He was presented guard of honour on his arrival at both the places.
He said that Rajouri and Poonch is land of courageous and brave people and has produced valiant and courageous jawans. He said that due to active support of general public of Poonch and Rajouri both these twin border districts are free from militancy.
Referring to today’s Srinagar encounter, the DGP paid homage to brave police jawan Kamal Kishore who attained martyrdom while fighting terrorists at Fateh Kadal. He said that J&K Police has given lot of sacrifices for maintaining peace in the State. He thanked Central and State Government for announcing various welfare measures for the welfare of police personnel and their families. “Ex-gratia to families of next of kin of martyrs and remuneration of SPOs has been increased and we will continue to strive for more”, the DGP said. He added that he is hopeful that hardship allowance will be increased in favour of J&K Police soon.
He directed the officers to act tough against criminals, bad elements as well as drug peddlers by identifying and booking them under relevant laws.
Dilbag said that Pakistan has started a proxy war and J&K Police and other forces are giving supreme sacrifices for peace. Despite being targeted by terrorists the response of J&K Police has been exemplary, he added.
Welcoming the recent decision of State Government regarding rank promotion, he said that it will open promotional avenues at cutting edge level in the Non-Gazetted cadre of J&K Police and more than 2000 promotions have been effected. He said that subordinate offices have been instructed to complete DPCs proceedings in a time bound manner.
Dilbag directed the personnel to be good and friendly to general public which will help in good policing. Giving thrust on grievance redressal, DGP said that the disposal has to be very fast and efficient so that we could provide succor to those in need and thus enhance the image of the police in the eyes of the people.
Earlier, Rajiv Pandey, SSP Poonch and Yougal Manhas, SSP Rajouri gave brief resume of the functioning of their respective districts in these darbars. These interactions were attended by officers of Armed Police, Prosecution wing, Fire & Emergency Services and jurisdictional police officers.