July 2000 News

Undeclared war on in J&K, says DGP

19 July 2000
The Hindu

Srinagar: The Director General of Police, Mr. Gurbachan Jagat, today said an undeclared war and not a proxy war was on in the State. Maintaining that militancy was ''well under control'', he said Pakistan had lined up at least 1,000 militants and wanted to push them into the State, but would not succeed in doing so. In an informal chat with mediapersons at the investiture ceremony to confer awards on police personnel, Mr. Jagat said Pakistan was aiding, abetting and training militants to carry out subversive activities. ''We are fighting a full fledged war and is not just a law and order situation.'' He said security forces in the State were fighting foreigners. When confronted with figures which said the number of foreigners getting killed was less, Mr. Jagat said, ''Figures do not tell the whole story.'' If the foreign hand was removed and aid to the militants was cut off, peace could be restored tomorrow. Mr. Jagat said though incidents of infiltration had gone down, attempts continued unabated. Better border management by the troops had prevented many infiltration attempts. The DGP said co-ordination between the security forces in fighting militancy had yielded better results. ''Most of the operations have been conducted jointly by Army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SOG and State police.'' He said all police stations in Srinagar were functional now. ''Our aim is to make the police more effective,'' he said, adding that experienced officers from the special operations group (SOG) would be moved to district headquarters and sub-divisions to improve anti-militancy operations. He said that the killing of three monks in Zanskar area of Ladakh last week was being investigated. He did not agree with the view that Ladakh also now figured on the map of militancy.


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