AFSPA Cut Will Add To Police Load: IGP22 October 2011
Srinagar: The inspector general of police (IGP) for Kashmir, SM Sahai, on Friday said that revoking the AFSPA from some areas in the valley would put additional responsibilities on his force. “We hope that the state police will be consulted before taking the final call to withdraw the Act from the deemed areas,” the IGP said. The IGP said that the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues had given whole hearted cooperation to the police to bring the situation in Kashmir under control. “The police was given freedom to tackle the situation professionally. The state government did not interfere or create obstacles as our force went about professionally restoring law and order,” Sahai said, expressing gratitude to the government. “But there still are some pockets where parents have difficulty in convincing their children against violence and stone-pelting,” he said. According to the IGP, the police had only 50 youth in custody for last year’s violence, while the others had been released periodically since. He said that the police had undertaken major initiatives in involving youth in sports and other activities, setting up around 16 teams in old Srinagar alone to foster goodwill and trust with the younger generation. He said that incidents of harassment of Kashmiris in different parts of India had markedly declined since the JK police wrote to other states advising caution in such cases.