Police keeping watch on attempts to leverage Palestine situation: IGP Kashmir

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Inspector-General of Police, Vijay Kumar Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir Police is keeping a very close watch on ‘elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order in the Kashmir valley.’

In a  statement issued to The Kashmir Walla, IGP said, “We are a professional force and are sensitive to public anguish. But J&K police has a legal responsibility to ensure law and order as well. It, however, wouldn’t allow cynical encashment of the public anger to trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder on Kashmir streets.”

His statement comes amid a devastating onslaught on Gaza by Israeli forces. 

Over 110 people have been killed in Gaza, while hundreds have been injured in Israel Defence Force (IDF) airstrikes.

In Kashmir, people have taken to streets to show solidarity with the Palestinians even as graffitis and posters in support of Palestine also have sprung up in the region

Meanwhile, the Kashmir police chief talking on the same said , “Expressing opinion is a freedom but engineering and inciting violence on streets is unlawful.”

Adding that all irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence and breaking of law including Covid protocol will attract legal action. IGP Kashmir urges cooperation of all citizens.

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