Jammu: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh Saturday inaugurated Zonal Level U-19 Cricket tournament, being organised by Kashmir Zone Police at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium Sonawar, Srinagar.
Six teams, two teams each from Central, South and North ranges of Kashmir are participating in the tournament, which has been organised under Civic Action Programme (CAP) of the J&K Police.
Speaking on the occasion, the DGP as per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) congratulated the organizing committee and support staff for organizing the event.
He said that organizing such events are the signs of a peaceful atmosphere which is changing for good every passing day and added that he feels happy on seeing the young physically fit players taking part in different sports activities.
Singh said the youth participating in different sports activities are playing an important role in creating a cheerful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir. “We should overcome sorrows and sadness due to the situations which all of us have faced, rather we should work together for peace,” DGP added.
“When terrorism was routed out of Punjab in 90’s, our neighbouring country smuggled narcotic drugs to trap youth in drug related illegal activities,” he said, adding that Pakistan is still using narcotic drugs in well laid mechanism to spoil the careers and lives of youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
The DGP said that narcotics pose a big challenge and we have to fight it. He said that the youth participating here are giving a message to all, as to how to get engaged in positive activities and not to fall prey to drugs. He said sports activities not only improve physical strength but also channelise positive energies in the right direction.
The DGP said that Jammu and Kashmir Police is committed and working hard to tackle the challenge posed by drugs and need support from all sections of the society especially the youth to curb this menace. He said that together we can overcome any challenge and work for the peace and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier in his welcome speech IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar gave details of the participating teams which included two teams each from South Kashmir, Central Kashmir and North Kashmir.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K. Pole, GOC 21 Sub Area SPS Vishwas Rao, DIG CKR Amit Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Srinagar, SSP Srinagar, Commandants of Central Kashmir Range based JK Armed/IRP battalions and other gazetted officers were present in the opening ceremony.
Pertinent to mention that these teams were selected after the tournaments were held at District and Range levels in last few months—(KNO)