Cross-border infiltration drops to zero, no ceasefire violation: J-K police chief

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Jammu and Kashmir police chief Saturday said that so far there has been “zero infiltration” on the Line of Control (LoC) across the region while no fresh ceasefire violation has been reported after the recent reiteration of ceasefire agreement between Indo-Pak officials.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of Under -19 T20 Zonal level cricket tournament at SK Cricket Stadium Srinagar, Dilbag Singh said that so far there is zero infiltration on the “LoC in both Kashmir and Jammu region.” “I would love to see zero infiltration throughout the year 2021. Year 2020 was best and I hope to see 2021 more better than the previous year,” he said.

Singh added that the drugs are “a fresh gift” being sent from across. “Last year a large quantity of heroin was seized. We have constituted an Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) and this force is doing a great job every day. Drugs are being sent from Kashmir border as well as Jammu borders,” he said.

He, however, said that neighbouring countries have been sending weapons in large quantities last year besides drugs and cash. “Drones were used to send narcotics, and weapons. Last year we seized large quantities of pistols, AK rifles of various kinds and M-4 US made riffles that were made in Pakistan or Afghanistan after copying the US model,” DGP Singh said.

About the list of militants active in Srinagar and the reasons for that, the DGP said that some youth have joined militancy in Srinagar and that is because of the fact that “radicalization is taking place by the elements who are not happy with the peace.” 

“Situation is not alarming,” he said. “We have an ecosystem where we deal with such issues. As far as other districts, we will have to put our heads together where religious leaders, social activists have to play a role to ensure youth are kept away from the gun.”

He said last year, three dozen youth, who had joined militancy were brought back while twelve youth surrendered at live encounters. Asked whether there is a policy for those who surrender, he said: “Those who surrender will get all the dividends of good life,” he said. (KNO)

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