Pak trying to disturb peaceful atmosphere through its mercenaries: Swain

DGP, ADGP meet GOC; discuss situation

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 13: Director General of Police (DGP) RR Swain and Additional DGP (Law & Order) Vijay Kumar today visited 16 Corps Headquarters at Nagrota and interacted with GOC Lt Gen Navin Sachdeva on prevailing security scenario in the Jammu region especially in the wake of four terror incidents in four days.

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They deliberated upon the ongoing counter-terror operations and reaffirmed their commitment to ensure peace and security in the region.

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Earlier, the DGP visited Katra and reviewed security situation with senior police and civil officers. Security arrangements for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji and Shiv Khori pilgrims were discussed in detail.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Swain accused Pakistan of trying to disturb peaceful atmosphere through its mercenaries, and asserted that the Indian security forces are determined to give a befitting response to the enemy.
He warned the “enemy agents” that they would repent their decision of supporting terrorism and said “they have stakes including families, land and jobs unlike Pakistani terrorists who have nothing to lose.”
“The starting point (of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir) is across the border. The clear intent of the adversary is that if they cannot motivate locals for subversive activities to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir, send their own people, Pakistanis, after recruiting them there and forcibly pushing them into this side,” the DGP told reporters in Reasi district.
The police chief was in Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, and chaired a high-level meeting to review security in the district, where terrorists attacked a bus on Sunday evening, killing nine, seven of them pilgrims, and injuring 41.
The terrorists remained untraced though massive search operations have been launched by police and other security forces to neutralize them.
The meeting, among others, was attended by Additional DGP Jammu Zone Anand Jain, Udhampur-Reasi Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Rayees Mohammad Bhat, Reasi Deputy Commissioner, Vishesh Paul Mahajan, and Senior Superintendent of Police Mohita Sharma.
“The enemy agents are doing it (helping foreign terrorists) for money and narcotics. They will be identified and dealt with sternly. We want to warn them that while the (foreign) terrorists will get killed … those who are supporting them will repent,” Swain said.
He said the foreign terrorists have nobody to care about, whether they have children or not. “We don’t know whom they are sending here after picking them from jails. Those who are supporting them have land, children and jobs here and they will suffer.”
Swain said Pakistan seeks to use the tough terrain of Jammu and Kashmir by sending foreign terrorists into the forests and to disturb the peaceful atmosphere. “This is the truth.”
He, however, said the security forces are determined and promise-bound to maintain peace and eradicate terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir.
“What will be our response? We are ready for the small loss because when a war is thrust upon us and terrorists stand before us to kill or get killed, we utilize all our resources and our effort is to give a befitting response. Since they don’t have anyone to care about, their power to inflict loss appears more,” the police chief said.
He said terrorism spread its tentacles to Jammu region especially Doda and Ramban in 1995 but it was completely wiped out by 2005.
“If we are face to face with the same type of challenge, rest assured that we are committed and promise-bound to give them a befitting response and kill them one by one to maintain a peaceful atmosphere,” Swain said.
Terrorists struck at four places in Reasi, Kathua, and Doda districts over the past four days, killing nine people, including seven pilgrims returning from Shiv Khouri temple, and a CRPF jawan, and left seven security personnel and several others injured.
Two Pakistani terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kathua and a large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
Meanwhile, the DGP today visited the GMC Jammu and enquired condition of the constable injured in Topa Kot, Gandoh in Doda district during encounter with the terrorists.
He lauded bravery and courage of the jawans.