Director general of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda earmarked money and rewards for police personnel, who played part in the anti-militancy operation, on Tuesday as the state’s senior police officials met in Srinagar in the backdrop of revival of anti-India protests and stone pelting by youngsters in the city.
Khoda handed over special rewards and cheques to the district senior superintendents of police (SSPs) and superintendents of police (SP) for distribution. “It will be distributed among the personnel who took part in anti-militancy operations and displayed highest sense of honesty and integrity in saving human lives and public property,” said a police spokesman.
Addressing a gathering of senior police officers representing various districts of Kashmir, Khoda said the police would take all measures to maintain lasting peace in the State. “People’s cooperation has encouraged our will to curb the militancy and bring the state back on the rails of development,” said the DGP. The DGP said all possible financial assistance would be made available for police personnel. The DGP said safety of human lives and public property is the first priority.
Inspector general of police, Kashmir Zone, Shiv Murari Sahai, however, stressed on the improvement required in general policing. “Professionalism at all ranks is needed. While dealing with the militants, it should be ensured that common people are put to least inconvenience,” said Sahai.
Tuesday’s meeting was held in the backdrop of recent incidents of stone pelting and beating up of journalists by security forces in downtown Srinagar on previous Friday. Unconfirmed reports suggest the police have detained more than three dozens youth for participating in anti-India protests after Friday prayers.
“The meeting was convened to review law and order in the valley. Reports from the SSPs and SPs about law and order situation in their respective districts were sought,” said the police spokesman.
Meanwhile, the police officers have demanded upgradation of police stations, police posts, SDPOs office, district police lines, improvement of accommodation, mobility and acquisition of land for construction of more accommodation and barracks for jawans at various places in the valley.