We are committed to fight terrorism to finish: DGP
21 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: The Director General of Police, Mr A K Suri today said that despite losses in fight against cross-border terrorism, the state police remains committed to fight this menace to the finish. Paying tributes to the martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day at Zewan near Srinagar, the DGP said that sacrifices of martyrs have infused in police force a renewed commitment to fight and eliminate the menace of Pak- sponsored terrorism for good and restore complete peace and tranquility in the state. Enumerating the losses suffered in anti-militancy fight, Mr Suri said that since the start of terrorism 636 police personnel, 266 SPOs and 85 VDC members have lost their lives. This year alone so far, he said 68 police personnel, 58 SPOs and 19 VDC members have sacrificed their lives for the defence- integrity of the state and country, clearly indicating that per capita loss of state police has been the highest as compared to other forces in the country. ‘But these losses have not dampened our fighting spirit anyway. On the contrary, we are on the forefront in counter-insurgency operations’, the DGP said, adding police and security forces have so far eliminated 15750 terrorists and continued pressure has made 3335 terrorists to surrender to the authorities. The DGP said that a grateful nation never forgets its martyrs. It is in line with this maxim that a befitting Police Memorial is being raised at Jammu, which will be completed very soon. Moreover, Government has also instituted an award for martyrdom called ‘Tamga-e- Shahadat’ from this year. It will be conferred on those who have attained martyrdom or those who will attain martyrdom in future while fighting cross-border terrorism, he said. 34 families of martyrs today were presented Tamga-e-Shahadat by Governor J&K, Mr G C Saxena who was the chief guest at Police Commemoration Day function. Extending his welfare concern and sympathies, the DGP said that families of martyrs are an inseparable part of the vast family of police force. Besides giving ex-gratia relief to the families, the department also provides scholarships to the children of martyrs. He said 50 such children have been adopted by different schools in the state. Mr Suri on the occasion read out the names of all police personnel who sacrificed their lives with effect from 1st September, 2001 to 31st August, 2002 for the unity and integrity of the country. During this period besides 125 officers and jawans of state police, 26 BSF, 11 CRPF, 6 ITBP and 3 SSB personnel lost their lives in J&K State while fighting proxy-war. Earlier, floral wreaths were laid at the Police Memorial and a 2-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the martyrs. The DGP at a separate meeting afterwards interacted with the families of martyrs at Zewan to ascertain their problems and difficulties. He assured them that one member each of their family would be recruited in police department subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria viz height, chest and educational qualification by the candidate.