September 2018 News

Will Work For Peace, Says New DGP

7 September 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: Dilbag Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, on Friday took over as Director General of Police of the state. The outgoing DGP SP Vaid passed on the baton to Dilbag Singh at the Police Headquarters here. 'The challenges are many. I will take people along and work for peace, that is what we need for the state,' the new DGP told The Tribune. Dilbag Singh, who has served the state in various capacities and is a decorated officer, faces enormous challenges in the crisis-ridden state. The first major challenge for the new DGP will be the conduct of the panchayat and urban bodies elections which are scheduled to start next month. The other major tasks will be to fight militants, instil confidence among policemen on the ground and wean away youth from violence. The state is planning to hold elections to the urban local bodies in October and the panchayat elections during November-December. The elections would test the security grid the state, which has retained over 15,000 Central Armed Police Force men who were deployed for the Amarnath yatra. Kashmir's indigenous militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has already issued an open threat to those who will contest the elections. 'The challenges for the new DGP are many on the ground, be it on the militancy front or the law and order situation,' said a security official. 'South Kashmir poses a major challenge as it has been largely on the edge ever since the killing of Burhan Wani.' Militants have also stepped up their activities and have been targeting policemen. In the past over fortnight seven policemen have been killed in south Kashmir. Dilbag Singh meets Governor: Srinagar: Dilbag Singh, who took over as the J&K DGP on Friday, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhawan here. He briefed the Governor on the internal security situation and many important matters relating to law and order being faced by the J&K Police. The Governor discussed with him various issues relating to the welfare of police personnel and their families, particularly the housing needs of the police personnel. He wished the DGP a successful tenure and urged him to keep public interest foremost. Going with a lot of good feeling: Vaid: Srinagar: Former Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid on Friday said he was going with a lot of good feeling and his concern remained that the bloodshed should stop. 'I'm thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to serve my people and my country. I'm grateful to @JmuKmrPolice, security agencies, and people of J&K for their support and their faith in me. My best wishes to the new DGP,' Vaid tweeted. Vaid who joined as DGP in January 2017 was transferred late Thursday by a government order. '.. I am going with a lot of good feeling. My only concern is that youth are dying. There is unnecessary loss of human life; the sooner it ends, it will be good news for me,' Vaid told a news agency. Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Basant Rath tweeted: 'Dr SP Vaid was the finest police chief I've worked with. Not many IPS officers give space to their juniors, the way he does. Not many bureaucrats handle power, the way he does. Thank you, Sir, for everything.