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Attacks on civilians won’t be tolerated: DGP

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Srinagar: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Tuesday termed acts of attacking and injuring non-local laborers and minority community members by militants as ‘monstrous’ saying such acts would not be tolerated and those responsible will be taken to task.

Talking to the media on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony of paramilitary CRPF personnel at RTC Humhama, DGP said, “Targeting non-local laborers and minority community members will not be tolerated at all; action will be taken against the perpetrators.”

“These attacks are condemnable and have been rightly condemned in the civil society. These acts are inhuman and will not be tolerated at any cost,” Singh said after the wreath-laying ceremony for Head Constable Vishal Kumar of the CRPF, who was killed in a militant attack at Maisuma on Monday.

In two other incidents on Monday, two non-local labourers were injured in a militant attack in Pulwama while a Kashmiri Pandit shopkeeper was injured in a similar attack in Shopian.

Singh said this kind of insanity is being perpetrated from somewhere else and those responsible stand identified and action as per law will be taken against them.

He also said such acts took place during the holy month of Ramzan, “which is unacceptable as prayers for peace are held worldwide during this month.”

“These acts are simply due to the frustration of terror groups and diktats from their masters sitting in Pakistan. It will not deter us in discharging our duties and ensuring peace at all costs. The security forces are committed to this,” Singh said.

“Terrorists are anti-people and anti-nationals, who could not endure peace as it causes them pain. People who are being attacked come here in search of work. These laborers work in brick kilns, gardens, agriculture and building construction sites; in fact they work for the development of this place in every respect,” said the DGP.

“Everyone knows what happens to a monster when it loses its mind. No civil society accepts such acts, that’s why these are condemned in civil circles everywhere and we too condemn them and at the same time take necessary actions as well,” he added.

Replying to a query on presence of ‘foreign militants’, he said the number of foreign militants has considerably decreased as 32 foreigners who came here from Pakistan have been killed in 2021.

“There is no need to count FTs (‘foreign terrorists’), as FT’s number has decreased considerably. 32 FTs who came here from Pakistan to spread terrorism were eliminated last year. FTs were eliminated this year as well and action in this direction will continue,” said the DGP.

Responding to a question, Singh said security forces have responded proportionately to the increased activity of over ground workers (OGW) of the militant groups.

“The OGW presence has always been there. When their presence increases, the action by police and security forces also increases accordingly. If you look at the statistics, we have eliminated 42 terrorists in the last three months and a higher number of OGWs have been acted against as per law,” he said.

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