Militants pushed to corner, desperation, says MHA

‘JKP fully geared up to meet poll, security challenges’

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Sept 21: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said today that militants have been pushed to corner and desperation due to their number of killings including 28 in Shopian in Kashmir valley this year alone and that Jammu and Kashmir Police was fully geared to meet with security challenges including those related to Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies’ elections.
In series of tweets this afternoon after the kidnapping and killing of three police personnel in Shopian, the Home Ministry also described as “untrue and motivated’’ the reports that some SPOs have quit their jobs after latest killings.
“Due to pro-active actions of Jammu and Kashmir Police, militants have been pushed to corner and are being driven to desperation. Twenty-eight terrorists have been neutralized this year in Shopian alone,’’ the Home Ministry said quoting figures.
It was in Shopian that militants kidnapped and killed two SPOs and a police constable today with a view to create panic among the people ahead of Municipal and Panchayat elections and demoralize the police personnel.
However, the Union Home Ministry, headed by BJP veteran Rajnath Singh, described Jammu and Kashmir Police as professional and committed police force, which is fully geared up to meet security challenges including those related to Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections.
Urban Local Bodies elections are scheduled to begin from October 8 and process for the elections has already started. The Municipal elections will be held in four phases and will be followed by nine-phase Panchayat elections.
“Jammu and Kashmir has a professional and committed police force which is fully geared up to meet the security challenges, including those related to Panchayat and Urban Bodies elections,’’ the Home Ministry tweeted.
Categorically denying reports of resignations by some Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the aftermath of killing of three police personnel in Shopian today, the Home Ministry, through another tweet, said: “Certain reports have appeared in a section of the media that some SPOs have resigned in Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir Police have confirmed that these reports are untrue and motivated. These reports are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements’’.
The MHA said: “There are over 30000 Special Police Officers working in Jammu and Kashmir and their services are reviewed from time to time. Some mischievous elements are trying to project that those SPOs whose services are not renewed due to administrative reasons, have resigned’’.