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‘Neutralization of terrorists will provide respite to people’: DGP

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Monday said the elimination of top commanders of militant outfits will provide respite to the common people in the Valley.

Singh, accompanied by Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar, was in Anantnag district to chair a security review attended by officers of the J&K Police, the CRPF and the Army.

“Elimination of top terrorist commanders will give respite to common people and help in saving the lives of commoners as also the lives and careers of number of our innocent youth who fall prey to their malicious designs,” Singh, according to a police press release said while referring to the killing of Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Sajjad Afghani in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district on Monday.

He lauded the role of police and other security forces for recovering huge numbers of weaponry during the last year. “He said that capturing weapons means nipping the evil in the bud and saving a number of youth who would have been misguided to pick up those weapons by choosing a path of violence.”

The DGP said that “the public in general and parents of vulnerable youth have reposed trust in us, impressed upon the officers to work with full professionalism and with more dedication for bringing lasting peace in the area and welfare of the people,” press release said.

The DGP impressed upon the officers to workout strategies to strive harder to maintain peace and order in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that forces inimical to peace here and “terror sponsors” across the border are unhappy with the peace prevailing in J&K and are hell bent to disturb law and order by one way or other.

The DGP emphasized that the police must deal strictly with elements involved in the “radicalization of youth and pushing them towards terrorism”. He directed the police officers to identify and book the persons involved in these activities. He directed that “forces should remain more vigilant against the activities of OGW network who are helping terrorists to carry out their nefarious designs.”

The DGP also stressed upon the officers to strengthen the highway security grid. He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police along with other security agencies are fighting on multiple fronts and need of the hour is to strengthen and augment the highway security grid.

He said that anti-national elements are always looking for the loopholes and their motive to disturb the peace has to be dealt with firmly.

Officers who attended the meeting were IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, Commander Sector-1 Brig. Vijay Mahadevan, DIG CRPF South Kashmir D.P. Upadhay, SP Anantnag Sandeep Choudhary, SP Kulgam Gurinder Pal Singh, SP Awantipora Tahir Saleem, ASP Anantnag, ASP Kulgam and other gazetted officers of Anantnag district.

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