Pak trying to send weapons, narcotics through drones: DGP

DGP Dilbag Singh addressing a function on Thursday.
DGP Dilbag Singh addressing a function on Thursday.

‘JKP competent to deal with challenges’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 28: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir Police is facing multiple challenges on the security front, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh today said that police is competent to deal with such challenges to ensure safety and security of the people.
He said that police is in the process of upgrading its technology and equipments to strengthen its field formations at the ground level in the Union Territory.
“Jammu and Kashmir is facing multi challenges on the security front. Every day we are facing new challenges. But J&K Police is competent to deal with such challenges”, Singh told reporters on the sidelines of flagging of fleet of 213 retrofitted motorbikes for strengthening of field formations at the ground level to deal with various situation in Jammu region.

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He said “whether it is border security, VIP, vital installation security or urban security, we ensure adequate measures to deal with it.”
Referring to various short term or long term challenges from ongoing Amarnath yatra to drone threats, he said “currently, we have a big responsibility of holding (incident free) Amarnath yatra, which we are performing well. I congratulate all forces for dedication and hard work being done by them round the clock to ensure safety, security and its regulation”.
Pointing towards challenge of drone threats, he said that attempts are on from Pakistan side to ferry weapons, explosive material and narcotics through drones being run by LeT or JeM.
“They are out to target Jammu and people of Jammu by dropping ready made IEDs through drones in border areas. They want to harm people of Jammu”, he said.
Complimenting Jammu police, he said that police in Jammu has foiled several such conspiracies and terror plans.
“It is daily challenge and police is performing well. They have planted IEDs at several places and caused damage. Recently terror module of (LeT commander) Talib Hussain was busted (in Rajouri) and several blast cases and terror incidents were worked out and huge weapons recovered”, he said.
He said that similarly another module in Jammu was busted. “It was involved in ferrying weapons and narcotics of 35 drone sorties to Kashmir. Large number of weapons and explosives were recovered”, he added.
Laying focus on modernisation of police force, Dilbag said that Jammu and Kashmir Police is in the process of upgrading its technology and equipments.
“It (retrofitted motorbikes) is a step in this direction. It is aimed to strengthen field formations at the ground level. We have flagged fleet of 213 motor bikes to give additional mobility to police force. We want response of police should be more faster and adequate”, the DGP said.
He said that for mobility, biggest factor is faster response and the bikes have retrofitted with equipments and gadgets to keep jawans in constant contact with Police Control Room.
“It is armed with tabs and equipments for additional communication. They can record and transmitted information faster. It will be helpful in city policing. It is aimed to have bigger response better response”, he said.
The DGP said that in second phase “we will do it in Kashmir.”
Earlier, Dilbag visited Kahtua where he chaired a crime review meeting at DPL.
The crime meeting was attended by SSP Kathua, Ramesh Chander Kotwal, Principal PTS Kathua, Roop Raj,all SDPOs, SHOs and other officers.
While addressing the meeting, the DGP said that the jurisdictional officers must take all the measures to improve investigation and disposal of cases. He stressed upon the officers to speed up the disposal of all pending cases and directed that quality of investigation and disposal of these cases has to be improved for increasing the conviction rate.
He stressed for strict monitoring of suspected activities/persons in border areas and preparing the list of suspected elements. He directed for efficient investigation of cases related to crime against women. The DGP directed for conducting Police-Public meetings at far-flung areas saying that it will contribute in achieving desired results.
During the meeting, threadbare discussion was held on general crime work and terrorism cases, backlog cases and their disposal, conviction of all crime cases including cases related to terrorism and narcotics. Besides, the overall security scenario of the District was also discussed.
The SSP Kathua briefed the DGP about the crime control measures and other allied policing activities. He apprised the DGP about the measures taken to control different smuggling activities in border areas as also in hinter land of his district.