Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) Ashok Parsad on Tuesday said increasing terrorist attacks on the security forces were aimed at inciting a disproportionate response from the forces, which could result in inconvenience to the people, eventually triggering a cycle of agitation.
"We know the strategy behind these attacks. They are trying to provoke us into disproportionate action, like picking up some people for questioning, so that there is some agitation. However, we will ensure that the general public is not inconvenienced," the DGP claimed in an interaction with mediapersons on the sidelines of a function here.
Terrorists have stepped up attacks on security forces, including the killing of five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in an attack outside a school in Srinagar, and the last major attack claiming the lives of eight security personnel, including four Army jawans.
The DGP said, "A number of attempts have been made to start agitations in Kashmir, but they have not been successful as there were no takers."
"People have seen the agitation held in connection with Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, and where it went. If people decide not to participate in agitations, they will not take place. The choice lies with the people, and not with extreme elements like Syed Ali Shah Geelani," said the DGP.
Afzal Guru was hanged after being convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack. Fears were expressed that it could lead to another round of agitations on the pattern of 2010, when nearly 100 people had died in agitations across Kashmir. However, this has not been repeated in the past three years.
Earlier, in his address at a seminar on 'Terror and Trespasses in India's Northern Borders' organised by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IMPA), the DGP had said India had not got the sort of response it was expecting from Pakistan on the dialogue process.
"Pakistan aggression in the Valley continues, and following the policy of talks has not resulted in any positive response. There is a need to rethink how to secure the national interest and the safety of people," Prasad added.
Major terrorist attacks
November 16: Five Army personnel injured in attack on convoy at Drugmulla in Kupwara district
Nov 8: Two CRPF personnel, Pradeep Gana and Mahesh Kumar, shot dead by militants on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Awantipora town in Pulwama district
Sep 10: 10, including four Army and four police personnel, killed in twin attacks in Jammu
June 25: Eight Army personnel killed in attack on Army convoy
Mar 13: Five CRPF personnel killed, 10 injured in attack at CRPF camp in Srinagar