Steady Decline In Militancy, Violence: DGP

Srinagar, Sep 30: Expressing satisfaction at the overall law and order situation in the valley, the director general of the police (DGP) Ashok Prasad on Sunday termed the year 2012 as the most successful in last 22 years as it witnessed the lowest number of violent militant actions.

The state police chief, however, said that militants were still primed across the frontier to enter Kashmir, the September-October period being particularly active.

Like 2011, the year 2012 too has remained generally calm so far, Prasad told newsmen at the sidelines of a police-public mela at the Bakhshi Stadium here.

“Incidence of militancy and other forms violence are steadily declining since 2008,” he said.

“A strong intelligence network and better coordination between various security agencies have led to the timely busting of several militant modules in the past one-and-a-half years,” he said.

“Intelligence inputs are highly important in averting civilian casualties during anti-militancy operations, and for this the police has strengthened it networks,” he said.

“There is no damage to civilian life when such operations are carried out on the basis of confirmed reports,” he said.

“Groups like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba are trying hard to recruit youth into their ranks, but several such exercises have been foiled in recent times leading to a number of arrests,” he said.

Referring to infiltration from across, the DGP said that September and October have been particularly active over the past 10 years.

“Most attempts used to be made in the Jammu region, but with heightened security arrangements along the LoC and the international border, infiltration has been nearly halted there,” he said.

“Infiltration bids, however continue in different sectors in the Kashmir Valley, but the police and the paramilitary forces maintain strict vigil to foil the attempts,” he said.

“Militant training camps across the border have not been closed down, but continue to function,” he said.

“Militants continue to receive arms, training and financial assistance from Pakistan. This has not stopped,” he said.

The DGP said that the CRPF was reducing its presence in Srinagar and outlying towns. “The army and the paramilitary forces are to be scaled down, and the state police will assume a greater internal security role,” he said.

Prasad asked the media to adopt a distinct dress code while covering disturbances so that newsmen are easily identifiable for the police and the paramilitary forces during law and order situations.

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