Militants frustrated by huge participation in polls: DGP

Asks forces to be ‘extra alert’, strengthen public relations

Srinagar: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said militants and their masters are frustrated by witnessing huge participation of people in the ongoing electoral process and are attempting to create disturbance.

The DGP, according to a police statement issued to GNS, is in the Valley and chaired a series of joint security review meetings at Sopore, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. He was accompanied by IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

While addressing the officers’ meetings, the DGP directed the forces to be “extra alert” to foil the “evil designs” of militants.

“The people of J&K have expectations from the forces and we have to fulfill their expectations by working with commitment,” Singh said while stressing for keeping strict vigil on the activities of anti-national elements attempting to disrupt the peace in J&K.

People’s wholehearted cooperation with the forces has helped in maintaining sustained peace, and these relations should be strengthened at all levels to defeat ill designs of inimical elements, he added.

The DGP directed the officers to utilize their resources and energies efficiently to gain the confidence of the people, making them stakeholders in the dividends of peace and progress. He also called for strengthening the security grid and plugging the gaps with strict security measures for the remaining phases of the ongoing DDC elections. He emphasized on usage of surveillance technology and focus on qualitative changes. At Bandipora, the DGP inaugurated newly constructed conference hall and GOs mess.

The DGP appreciated the role of Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security forces in combating militancy and providing a better security environment to the people of J&K.

During the meetings, the officers apprised the DGP regarding the security situation in the areas under their command. (GNS)