Least Militancy In 20 Yrs: J&K DGP31 December 2010
The Economic Times
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda today said the state this year witnessed least militancy related incidents in the last 20 years, bringing down the number of civilian causalities. 'The militancy parameters - like number of incidents, civilians killed due to militancy, security force-police personnel who laid down their lives and militants killed overall - is lowest this year since the inception of militancy in 1990,' the DGP said in his new year message to the the state police personnel. The official said 'We are mounting pressure on militants and have killed many self-styled militant commanders in 2010.' After achieving appreciable success in combating terror, Khoda said peace was restored with active cooperation of people of the state and police's conjugation with other security forces. Praising the valour and sense of commitment of his force, the DGP said 'I am sure, you will emerge with flying colours from the situation as well and frustrate the designs of law breakers and peace saboteurs.' Khoda said it is now acknowledged that J&K Police emerged as one of the best forces of the country. To re-shape the force on modern lines, 'we are strengthening training infrastructure and the department is emphasising upon areas like counter insurgency operations, crime detection and modern techniques of investigation,' he said. During the year, more than 5,700 personnel have been trained in different training institutes in various fields of policing, the DGP said, adding, these trainees include 186 women constables and 1,078 newly recruited constables who passed out after rigorous training in sophisticated weaponry, mob control, crime detection and investigation. The DGP also referred to several measures taken for the welfare of the families of policemen - serving, retired or martyr. These include construction of police housing colonies, increasing retirement gift from Rs 3,000 to Rs 35,000, special welfare relief of Rs 6.5 lakhs being paid to the families of deceased personnel, enhancement of welfare loan from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and monthly meritorious scholarships for the children of police personnel.