J&K Top Cop Dilbag Singh


Dip In Locals Joining Terror Groups, More Efforts Needed To Check Unfortunate Trend: J&K Top Cop

The police chief stated the variety of terrorists in J&Ok has fallen from 300-plus to almost 200. (File)


Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir Dilbag Singh has stated that although the variety of native youths becoming a member of terror teams has fallen from 85 to 69 this 12 months, the “unfortunate trend” continues to a sure extent and that extra efforts from the society and companies are wanted to test it.

Mr Singh highlighted the efforts of the police drive to fight militancy and stated Jammu and Kashmir has seen an general decline in terrorism after the police cracked down on the community of Over Ground Workers (OGWs) by detaining 417 of them over a time frame.

“That is an unfortunate trend as I see some amount of recruitment is taking place. It is 69 to be precise. But then if you compare it with the same period of previous year it was 85. You see a declining trend here but the fact is that certain recruitment is taking place. We are trying to address this problem by targeting the people who are responsible for luring the youth and radicalization of the youth,” he advised PTI.

Mr Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer, stated the police have succeeded to an extent in concentrating on “such elements” who had been accountable for luring the youth into terrorism.

“But much more is required to be done from within the society and some other agencies which must be dealing with the youth to see that they are away from the path of destruction and they are brought back to the positive activity and engagement. So, therefore, all concerned agencies of the government have to engage our vulnerable youth positively (and) more efforts are required to be put in,” he stated.

Without sharing particulars, Mr Singh stated there have been some heartening developments on this regard when a “very sizable number” of youths who had left their houses to hitch terrorist teams had been introduced again.

“Their number is 30 and they have since joined their families back…public faith in police is very heartening, anybody missing, public is reporting to police, especially parents reporting to police simultaneously to help them get their wards back is a very healthy trend,” he stated.

“I assure that if they come back, there will be no harm done to them, they will be happily reunited with their families,” he stated.

He stated give up appeals have even been made throughout reside encounters. “That experiment has also been very successful…over a dozen people came out…the boys were grateful especially when they came out and told their stories…how they were lured into and made to be part of the terror outfits which they never wanted to. They were actually coerced into joining terror activities,” he stated.

On current assaults in Srinagar metropolis, Mr Singh admitted that terrorists have been attempting to realize their foothold within the metropolis “but we have been able to decimate their plans. Whosoever comes and sets up his base in the city, he is targeted sooner or later.”

He stated police carried out 17 encounters final 12 months inside the metropolis and this 12 months additionally almost 3 to 4 encounters have taken place.

“So, we are getting information about people and we are going after them. Very soon you will be hearing about another solid operation in Srinagar city,” he stated.

The police chief stated the variety of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has fallen from 300-plus to almost 200. “Within the 200, there are some foreign elements. So, the figure stands at 190-195 out of which we have 60 to 70 foreign terrorists,” he stated.

“As I see, the situation is much better as compared to the previous years”.

Only 84 incidents have taken place as in comparison with 120 within the corresponding interval final 12 months. It reveals a decline of 30 per cent.

“Similarly, when we talk of law-and-order situation, 48 incidents have taken place as compared to 100 incidents in the period of last year which shows a decline of 52 per cent for which we feel much satisfied with it,” he stated.

“I am glad to say that there is no single casualty during the course of our operations. Our counter-terror operations have been very neat and clean,” he stated.

Mr Singh stated the anti-terror operations had been to strengthen “our efforts to augment an environment of peace and get rid of the fear from the minds of people that has been created by terrorists and their stooges and associates.”

“We are trying to keep the pace…despite the Covid challenges, we have tried to carry out a large number of operations. Over 34 operations have been carried out during the current year while 83 terrorists have been killed during this year which included around half-a-dozen foreign terrorists.”

He stated aside from this, safety forces have have been in a position “to strike at their terror network, OGW network, and the network which sustains the ecosystem of militancy, of terror funding by various means.”


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