Police Chief Senses Challenge In Summer11 March 2011
Jammu: Terming summer 2011 as “biggest challenge” for law enforcing agencies, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda Friday said a joint strategy has been devised by police and other security agencies to ensure the coming summer passes off peacefully. “Police has adopted a joint strategy and were conducting joint exercises with other security agencies operating in Kashmir to ensure that summer 2011 passes off peacefully.It is a biggest challenge for us but we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the summer passes off peacefully,” DGP Kuldip Khoda told media persons in the lawns of Assembly here. He said they will ensure that nothing goes wrong this year and people go by their normal life without any trouble. “The emphasis has been given to adopt non-lethal means to control street protests. We want to use maximum number of policemen to disperse the protests before it turns violent. But if the protests are engineered and turn violent, we have to use the force,” he said. DGP said police is acquiring non-lethal weapons to control unruly crowds and ensure that there is no human loss while maintaining law and order situation. “Recently on directions of Union Home Ministry, a team of three comprising me, Chief Secretary and Home Secretary visited the BSF Academy Tekinpore (Haryana) where teargas shells, stun grenades and leaser guns are manufactured. The non-lethal weapons we would be getting will be manufactured as per the modifications recommended by us,” he said. As part of their strategy, police have equipped themselves with non-lethal weapons and training to deal with any situation of stone throwing. The new weapons include guns firing pellets that stun, pepper guns and non-lethal grenades that give out smoke and colours to split mobs. Referring to the killing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Sajjad Afghani alias Qari Hamaad and his bodyguard Omar Bilal in an encounter at Nishat, Srinagar on Thursday, Khoda said the militant commander was active in Kashmir from past 10 years. “He was operating from Sopore belt and was trying to make Srinagar city as his base to carry out attacks in future. But we were able to trap the two militants on the intelligence reports,” he said.