Govt Wants To Make Return Of Kashmiri Youth Legal: Omar

Govt Wants To Make Return Of Kashmiri Youth Legal: Omar

27 November 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said today that the State Government wants 'honourable and legal’’ return of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been held up in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for past several years to give them a chance of living a normal life. 'Several Kashmiri youth are coming back from PoK via Nepal or other routes illegally crossing the border into Indian territory and landing up in police custody. We want to make the return of all such youth, who want to lead a normal life giving up the violence, legal through the recently announced rehabilitation policy’’, Mr Abdullah said in an informal chat with reporters after inspecting the passing out parade of the third batch of women police personnel at Sher-I-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) at Udhampur this morning along with Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda and Director SKPA Dilbagh Singh. To a question as to how the youth stranded in PoK and Pakistan will take advantage of the rehabilitation policy, Omar asserted that duty of the Government was to create a way out for return of the youth who wanted to come back to the homes and live a peaceful life, 'It is now for them (the youth) to see how could they utilize the policy to their advantage’’, he said, adding he can’t say at this stage as to how many youth will come back to the State availing the rehabilitation policy. 'How many (youth from PoK) will come, I can’t say at this stage. We have formulated the policy to prevent illegal crossing by the youth’’, Omar said. It may be mentioned here that the State Cabinet had recently given its nod to the rehabilitation policy for the youth held up in PoK. The Union Home Ministry has also approved the policy. To a question on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some other Jammu based organisations’ opposition to the rehabilitation policy, the Chief Minister said 'the BJP has its own stand on the policy and we have our own’’. On removal of 1000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and 20 bunkers from Srinagar, Omar didn’t agree with a questioner that it would have negative impact on the law and order situation in the Kashmir valley. 'There will be no adverse impact of the removal of CRPF jawans and bunkers in Srinagar. The locations from where the jawans and bunkers have to be removed and shifting of their timing are decided by a high level committee including DGP Kuldeep Khoda and other security agencies’’, he said and added that such major decisions are taken after a thorough review of the situation. Mr Abdullah pointed out that even after the withdrawal of CRPF jawans and removal of bunkers, the security experts to know the impact of removal review the situation in these areas. Admitting that situation in the Kashmir valley was not yet completely normal, Omar, however, was of the view that it has undergone a sea change during past one month as compared to previous three months. 'It (the situation) has improved and we are confident that it will improve further in the coming days leading to restoration of complete normalcy’’, he said. The Chief Minister lauded the role of Jammu and Kashmir Police for displaying professionalism and handling the situation very carefully in extreme adverse circumstances. 'They (the police personnel) have used lathis and guns very carefully wherever what is required’’, he observed. Noting that JKP had to face different kind of challenges of law and order and militancy simultaneously, unlike other police forces across the country, Omar said: 'the police have to hold gun in one hand to combat militancy and lathi in the other hand to tackle law and order problem’’. He assured the cops that the Government would provide every assistance and support to Police Department in imparting necessary training to its personnel for equipping them properly. Omar said the women in police force are second to none in performing professional duties in an efficient manner. He said the JKP is emerging as one of the best forces in the country and steps have been initiated to modernize them further to meet the twin threats of militancy and law and order problem. Addressing, DGP Kuldeep Khoda said that 168 women cops passed out today from the SKPA will be posted in strengthening women cells. 'We have three women cells of police functioning in three districts. We propose to cover rest of the districts shortly by opening the women cells’’, he said. He promised to look into the demands of the SKPA, raised by its Director Dilbagh Singh during his address. He also referred to increase in training and hardship allowance of the cops besides opening of FSL in the SKPA and up gradation of commando training center. Khoda said that three women police stations have been set up in the State while the Department intends to set up such police stations one each in all the districts. 'This would help greater access of women to get their grievances registered and attended for speedy action', he added. The DGP expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for his keen interest in developing Jammu and Kashmir Police as most professional and modern force in the country to deal with any situation with capacity and capability. He also thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning allowances of various natures in favour of police force. The Chief Minister on the occasion gave away prizes to the best cadets. The award for all round best cadet was received by Pushpa Devi, the award for outdoor best cadet went to Kunzes Dolma while the best indoor cadet award was won by Rasmeet Kour. As many as, 168 lady cadets passed out completing training in all aspects of police functioning including Ranbir Panel Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Local and Special Laws, Human Rights, Management, Police Practical work, Scientific Aid, Forensic Science, Weapon Handling, Horse Riding, Rock Climbing, Field Craft and Tactics etc. besides the role of police in maintaining law and order. Director, SKPA, Dilbagh Singh presented the resume of the activities of the academy. The Chief Minister presided over the valedictory session of the week long interaction course for senior police officers on practical preparedness for counter terrorism. The course was attended by the senior police officers from all over the country. Omar also inaugurated two residential blocks for police personnel constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.44 crore. MLA Chenani, Krishan Chander Bhagat, senior police officers and Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur were also present.


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