Violence Down But Militancy Not Over: DGP

22 December 2009
Rising Kashmir
Shaheen Khan

Rajouri: Asserting that militancy is not over and infiltration is on, Director General Police Kuldeep Khoda Tuesday said infiltration routes on Line of Control in Kashmir have closed due to snowfall and militants were trying to sneak into this side from Poonch and Rajouri belt. He said the violent incidents have declined from 5000 in 2001 to 500 in 2009. Addressing police darbar at Poonch and Rajouri districts, DGP said the militancy in the State is not over and neither has Pakistan stopped pushing militants into Jammu and Kashmir. “Now that infiltration routes in Kashmir have got closed due to snowfall, Pakistan is trying to push militants from Poonch-Rajouri sectors. We have received inputs that militants are eying to sneak into this side from Poonch-Rajouri sectors,” he said, adding troopers are on high alert and have intensified vigil on LoC. Hinting towards widening of police role in the State, Khoda said the government might assign some more task to police regarding tackling of militancy and security issues. Asked whether police has got enough manpower to tackle security situation in the state if demilitarization takes place, DGP said police is ready to tackle any situation. “Whatever task will be given to us, we are ready to do it,” he said while talking to mediapersons after delivering lecture in BGSB University Rajouri. Expressing satisfaction over police role, he said, “Police has played a crucial role in bringing normalcy in the State. We are working hard to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir”. About the security situation of the State, Khoda said militancy related incidents have been on decline since last seven years. “The State is fast returning to normalcy.” Giving details of violent incidents, DGP said 5000 violent incidents were recorded in 2001 in the State, when militancy was at its peak. “1700 violent incidents were recorded in 2007 and 1000 in 2008. We have achieved great success in curbing the militancy and only 500 violent incidents have been recorded in 2009 so far,” he said. Khoda said that decline in violence has been possible with the cooperation of para-military forces and general public. “Public has played a positive role in curbing militancy,” he added.