J&K Militancy Down By Half, Crime Rising18 June 2011
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that militancy was down by 50% in the state, compared to last year. Adressing a press conference at Bakshi Stadium while inaugurating 13th edition of the police martyrs' memorial football tournament, J&K director general of police Kuldeep Khoda said that as militancy has decreased, Kashmir has witnessed a surge in criminal activities in past some months. 'It is a fact that as militancy is dwindling crime (cases have) increased,' Khoda said while answering a query from a journalist. He revealed that ex-militants or released militants were 'being used' in these crime cases by some people for personal gains. 'This year there has been a 50% decrease in militancy incidents compared to last year.And there is a big question that youngesters who have left militancy, there is a concern of their recycling,' he said. 'We have seen at certain places these released-militants are being used (whether directly or provide weapons) in crime cases. Some incidents have come to fore like killing at Pratap Park (in Lalchowk) or Shopian killing or other killings in North Kashmir, maximum of those killings were because of personal rifts. And in those criminal activities ex-militants were used,' Khoda said. He informed that government was trying to rehabilitate the released militants so that they could get involved in some productive work. 'They( government) are thinking on schemes to be conducted so that they(released militants) get some vocational trianing and they can start earning their livelihood,' he said. FIR Registered in all cases of killing in 2010 Khoda said that in every case of killing in last year's unrest, FIRs have been registered by police and investigations taken up. 'In every incident FIR has been registered. After investigations it will be establish how deaths happened and who is responsible. Whether death happened while controlling law and order or any excess has happened,' he said. He cliamed that cognizance of every complaint of human rights abuse was taken 'whether they come to our notice directly or through State Human Rights Commision'. 'On the recommendations of SHRC regular meetings are held. Government has constituted a committee in which I am also a member along with Home Secretary and head of CID. And on each recommendation by SHRC, a decision is taken and implemented,' he claimed. He said that police was 'not in arrears' as far as action on the SHRC recommendations was concerned. 'These are recommendations and a decision on that has to be taken by the committee as what is to be done on those recommendations,' he said. Focus on Kashmir The DGP revelaed that the focus of J&K police was the youth of Kashmir and the department has taken many initiatives to connect with them. 'We have establsihed 41 youth club and 5 community centres in the state and beacuse of need being more in Kashmir, the focus has been Kashmir,' he said. 'We want to channelise the energy of youth into productive activities. These clubs and centers have been equipped with computers, internet, sports euipments and libraries,' he informed. Community policing Khoda said that they have started community policing in 174 police stations of the state, 'a big measure to establish strong contact with the youth of the state'. 'In every police station we have formulated a group of important persons from local people who can establish contact with us. The idea is that they won't help police in active work. It is only to point out to us where ever we can improve our working, where we need to change our methodology or reach out to people in need,' Khoda said. 'We have meetings in every police station with these people on a monthly basis and care has been taken to ensure that the people taken in the group are clean and well known in the locality and who really act as a bridge between police and public for better policing,' he added.