Curbs Save Lives: DGP

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SRINAGAR: Defending the use of curfew and restrictions as an “effective” strategy to prevent casualties, the director general of the state police (DGP) Ashok Prasad, on Thursday made an appeal to parents not to allow their children to be misled by unscrupulous elements.

 The DGP said that “reasonable restrictions” were likely to be in place in sensitive areas of the Valley on Friday as according to him, a single casualty gave such elements the opening to exploit the situation.   

“There will be no curfew like situation on Friday and the reasonable restrictions put in place will not give you an impression that the whole Valley is shut,” the DGP said. “It is better to restrict the free movement of people in sensitive areas rather than give a free hand to anti-peace elements.”

“The situation in the Valley is well under control, but we must be cautious and careful as we don’t know what will be the plan of anti-social elements. A single causality can trigger wide spread protests and can give anti-social elements an opportunity to exploit the situation, so I feel that we should remain extra cautious and should not allow anyone to disturb the peace,” he said.

“We don’t seek pleasure by arresting minors. Our job is to nab stone-pelters and anti-social elements. Police is pro-people and we have no personal animosity with pelters but we want to see them as responsible citizens,” the DGP told the CNS:

“Minors are being misled by scrupulous elements and parents must control their children and should not allow these elements to play with their children,” he said.

“The police is being blamed that it detains even minors, but I tell you a stone pelter is a stone pelter. I wonder how parents allow their children to come on roads. They should take care of them lest they deviate from the right path,” the DGP said.

“Compared to 2008 and 2010, this time the situation remained well under control, and not many youth indulged in stone-pelting and arson,” he said.

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