1,452 Police Personnel Have Died Since 1990

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SRINAGAR: A total of 966 police personnel and 486 Special Police Officers (SPOs) have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir since the separatist campaign began in 1989, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Wednesday.

The chief minister was addressing the Police Commemoration Day where senior police officers and police personnel congregated to pay respects to the dead colleagues.

Former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, some ministers of the ruling coalition and Director General of Police K. Rajendra Kumar were present on the occasion.

Referring to the deaths of 10 CRPF personnel in Ladakh in 1959 while repulsing Chinese aggression, in whose memory Police Commemoration Day is observed, Sayeed commended the Jammu and Kashmir Police for exercising restraint and minimizing collateral damage.

“Police should also focus on prevention of crime by strengthening the prosecution wing so that criminals do not go scot free,” he said, while highlighting the problems of rising drug addiction, violence against women and other crimes.

The gun, the chief minister said, will never be a solution to any problem.

“Na bandook se na goli se, baat banegi boli se. I feel pain when I see Islam’s message of peace being distorted,” he stated.

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