Masarat's Arrest Will Bring Peace: Khoda20 October 2010
Srinagar: Admitting that police committed atrocities during past four months of strife in Valley, state police chief Kuldeep Khoda Wednesday said the arrest of Hurriyat (G) general secretary Masarat Alam Bhat would help improve the situation in Kashmir. Khoda appealed people to give peace a chance and added that police would be making “more such' arrests in coming days to ensure improvement in the situation. “The arrest of anybody who creates law and order problem would definitely help in improving the situation. In coming days, we will be making many such arrests,” the DGP told Rising Kashmir on the sidelines of Police-Public Meet in Budgam. Khoda alongwith other senior police officials was in Budgam as part of the police initiative to reach out to the people for filling the gulf created by the four-month-long strife between police and public in Kashmir. Addressing the people, he admitted that the police force under his command has committed atrocities in Valley during past four months, but asked youth to keep their senses 'intact” while carrying out protest demonstrations. “I admit police committed atrocities during past four months, but our youth too has lost senses by burning down the public property. For protesting against the alleged desecratio, which is very unfortunate,” Khoda said. Asking youth not to get exploited by those who want to create trouble in Valley, the DGP said police was reviewing the cases of all those youth arrested during the present spell of unrest in Valley and 'would be released' according. “Our aim is to bring the stone-pelters on the right path,” he said, adding that people should give peace a chance. Without naming Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Khoda castigated the separatist leader and his ilk for exploiting youth by issuing the protest calendars. 'The people who have asked children not to go to school and are issuing protest calendars. Their children are either well educated or studying outside state. Their children were never part of any stone-pelting,' he said. Khoda said curfew is being imposed to 'secure' the public life. “If somebody gives protest call and forces the shops and schools to remain close, then for maintaining law and order and to secure public life, we impose curfew.” He also said police was reviewing the cases against all the ex-militants. 'I will take the issue of ex-militants leading a normal life with the government and facilitate easy issuance of passport and other clearances to their family members,” he said.