Will act strictly against militants, their supporters: DGP

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Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh today said that police will go tough against militants and their supporters in Kashmir to keep the “prevailing peaceful atmosphere” intact.

He also said that police and the other government forces won’t allow the situation to deteriorate in the wake of Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to District Police Lines (DPL) Bandipora, Singh talked about the growing number of militant supporters in Kashmir, saying police will act strictly against them including the Over Ground Workers (OGWs).

“It is the OGWs who carry a pistol to do selective killing and throw grenades to target innocent civilians,” he said. “We are going very tough against them.”

On the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the police chief said the prevailing situation in Kashmir won’t be allowed to deteriorate. “The present situation in Kashmir is peaceful and it will remain so,” he said.

The DGP said Bandipora is on a “peaceful track” and the situation has improved here. “In the past few weeks, many top commanders of various militant outfits were killed in encounters, especially the Lashkar-e-Toiba/TRF chief Abbas Sheikh and his aide Saqib in Srinagar,” he said.

He said people heaved a sigh of relief after the killing of the LeT/TRF chief.

“Abbas and his associate were involved in so many activities. After their killing, people are feeling relieved,” the DGP said, adding that the situation is peaceful in other districts too and people are enjoying the “peaceful atmosphere”.

The DGP said that due to the Covid-19 situation, meetings with police officers had slowed down a bit and now that the cases are slowing down, the interactions have once again picked up.

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