‘Ceasefire violations on rise along borders’
JAMMU, Feb 23: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh today said the ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the borders have increased manifold to push armed militants and sabotage the prevailing peace in the Union Territory.
However, he said, the Security Grid along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) is strong to scuttle the Pakistani design and ensure further improvement in overall security situation in the coming months.
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“The ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased manifold with an aim to push as many militants into this side as possible to disturb the peaceful atmosphere. Despite increased ceasefire violations, security forces are alert to the challenge and have already foiled a number of infiltration attempts,” the DGP told reporters after inaugurating the 9th Police Martyr’s memorial inter club T-20 Cricket championship in Kathua district this morning.
Dilbag said a few successful infiltration bids were made by the militants but they were neutralized in the Valley during counter-militancy operations.
Referring to the Nagrota encounter along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near here on January 31, the Director General of Police said the three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were neutralized hours after they managed to sneak into this side.
“Our Security Grid is very strong and we are prepared to foil Pakistani attempts to push militants into this side,” he said.
The police chief expressed satisfaction over drop in the number of local youths joining militant ranks.
“The inclination of local youth joining militancy in the Valley is on the decline,” he said.
Asked whether a Rehabilitation Policy for the misguided youth is under consideration, Dilbag said the Government is already working on different plans for youth engagement and their development.
“There are skill development programmes. The sports activities are getting a big boost with proper infrastructure and training,” he said.
Dilbag lauded the people for their timely inputs regarding militant activities and said they will continue their support to the security forces to wipe out militancy from the Union Territory.
“Sometimes people come forward with information on the basis of suspicion. This is very good and shows that the people are very active,” he said responding to a question about sighting of three suspected persons in Kathua sometime back.
“We act on the inputs and have conducted successful operations against the militants. The operations against the militants are moving very fast ,” he said, putting the number of listed militants in the Valley between 240 to 250.
Earlier, the DGP along with others paid rich tribute to Police Martyrs and reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir Police will not forget their sacrifices.
“Police will continue its efforts to promote sports to channelize energy of youth in positive direction to build a better society, keep our youths away from drugs and other social ills and give platform to choose sports as their career,” he said.