Jammu and Kashmir

Continuous infiltration bids an attempt to keep “terrorism alive” in J&K: DGP Dilbagh Singh

Says this year so far a few successful bids reported from Rajouri-Poonch; Majority of attempts foiled by army along LoC; Robust counter infiltration grid in place; elaborate security arrangements in place for Amarnath Yatra, people of J&K living without fear since past few years; Jashn-e-Dal showcases Kashmir’s hospitality, provides platform to youth for water sports

Srinagar, Jun 17 (KNO): Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Saturday said that of late, continuous infiltration bids are being made along the LoC in J&K in a bid to keep “terrorism alive.” He said terrorism was dying down in J&K but some successful infiltration bids have taken place in Rajouri-Poonch areas in which some militants managed to sneak in who targeted civilians and security forces.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Jashn-e-Dal program in Srinagar, DGP Singh, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that for the first time after a long gap, people of J&K are reaping the peace dividend’s as children are going to school, business activities going on without disruptions and tourists arriving in large numbers. “Terrorism is dying a slow death but some attempts from across the LoC are being made continuously to push in terrorists just to keep the terrorism alive. Security forces have foiled majority of infiltration bids this year but yes, some terrorists have managed to enter into this side from Rajouri-Poonch and Kupwara sectors. They targeted civilians and security forces recently,” he said, adding that operations are on to track these groups and very soon they will be zeroed in.

He said recently six infiltration bids were foiled and yesterday (June 16), five terrorists were killed along the LoC in Jamagund area of Kupwara district from whose possession a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered. “It was only yesterday, another bid was foiled in Poonch sector where a group of terrorists were pushed back and not allowed to enter into this side,” the DGP said, as per KNO.

Asked whether the continuous infiltration bids was a violation of existing Ceasefire pact, the J&K police chief said the agreement is being followed in spirit by either sides, but “there are some efforts to push in militants into this side to keep the pot boiling.”

To a query about arrangements for the upcoming Yatra, the DGP said that all the security arrangements are being done to ensure smooth and peaceful pilgrimage. “We will ensure every pilgrim goes back with great memories,” he said.

The DGP said that on great thing was that the people of J&K have rejected the violence and living a peaceful life. On narcotics and addiction of large number of J&K youth towards drugs, he advocated a social initiative by civil society to curb the menace apart from the ongoing war against drugs by police.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, he said Jashn-e-Dal is an opportunity to showcase Kashmir’s hospitality. “Some 600 children having interest in water sports are participating in the event. We want to provide them a platform at national and international level,” he said, adding that Dal lake is not just beautiful but peaceful as ever. “People are roaming around and planning their trips without fear,” he said. The DGP said that some elements are still hatching conspiracies to disrupt peace but “police is active and fighting on all fronts to foil such plans.”

Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement to KNO said that the DGP Singh declared open a 3-day Water Sports festival ‘Jashn-e-Dal 2023’ in a function held at SKICC Back Lawn. The event is being organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police under its Civic Action Programme.

“Declaring open the festival, the DGP stated that the word celebration comes to fore itself when we speak of the Dal Lake and what could be better than to celebrate water sports activities Jashn-e-dal in the Dal Lake which is being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with other associations & clubs since very long. DGP said that after the successful conduct of the G20 summit, the Dal Lake is looking more attractive and I am very happy that the Jashn-e-dal festival has been organised after a gap of one year, he added. He hoped that the number of Dal lovers would get bigger and bigger each passing day.”

As per the statement, the DGP said that the Dal lake has not only attracted its lovers from all around the world with its beauty and charm but it has helped & supported a number of our youth to hone their water sports talent which they successfully exhibited in different competitions at national and international level. “The DGP congratulated all the players who have excelled in different water sports games at different levels and also lauded the role of the Water Sports Association, he added that Jammu and Kashmir Police has worked as the backbone for providing support and assistance to the water sports association and assured that JKP will continue its support by providing different platforms,” the statement said, adding that the DGP said that Dal Lake has witnessed and tolerated many turbulent times during the last more than 30 years and it is time to pay back all the happy moments and celebrate the prevailing peace with it. “He urged the media fraternity to spread the message of the beauty of Dal Lake to the world. He stated that J&K Police thinks it an utmost social responsibility to provide platforms & opportunities to our youth and get them involved in healthy and positive activities alongside performing its organizational responsibilities,” DGP Singh said, adding that more sports events are in the pipeline—(KNO)

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