SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir’s Director-General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh today said that as long as guns and grenades are available to the youth, innocent lives will continue to fall.
Singh made these remarks on the sidelines of a Jammu and Kashmir Police Marty’s Football tournament final match. Talking to reporters, DGP Dilbagh said that the number of militants is decreasing fast, but the militancy is alive in Kashmir.
DGP said that the number of militants and militancy-related activities has started falling over the past couple of years. “But that doesn’t mean militancy is over. Militancy is still alive, but the situation has indeed changed,” the DGP said. He said that as long as guns and grenades are available to the youth, innocent lives will continue to fall.
“I urge youth to shun the path of violence. The youth who is carrying pistols, guns and grenades must give peace a chance,” the DGP said. “This place has seen enough of bloodshed. Elderly, women, children, youth and a large number of security forces personnel including policemen have died in the past 30 years. The violence leads to destruction only.”
He said that the police is taking preventive measures to dislodge the militancy infrastructure and also to act against militant supporters. He said that Srinagar youth played a great role in getting stones replaced with the balls be that football or cricket ball. “This indeed is a good achievement,” he said.
He said that in the tournament, 16 teams participated and today J&K Bank Football team clinched the title and won the trophy. He said police will also organise the tournaments for female players, including young girls—(KNO)