Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir Police’s normal policing was put on backburner because the personnel were busy combating militancy in the past 20 years.
“The government would render every support to the police department in building a well-trained and well-equipped police force capable of dealing both with militancy and law and order situations with different but befitting approaches,” said Abdullah while addressing the Police Commemoration Day function at Zewan, 12 km south of Srinagar.
The chief minister praised the role of the police and other para-military forces in maintaining law and order situation during last four months, which witnessed violent street protests and deaths of 110 protesters and bystanders.
“The patience you have exhibited during last about one month is praise worthy. The difficult period was not yet over and certain elements are still making announcements to disturb the peace,” said the chief minister.
Abdullah asked police personnel to commit to the restraint and highest degree of tolerance. He also paid tributes to police martyrs, who lost their lives in militancy-related incidents and while dealing with the law and order situation.
“It would be the happiest movement for me if next year while paying homage to the police martyrs on this day, I will find no name in the list of martyrs list of the year,” said the chief minister.
During the period of militancy as many as 5,251 police personnel were killed, including Special Police Officers (SPOs), Village Defence Committees’ members.