Director General of Police Kuldeep Khuda on Friday said the year 2011 erased to a great extent the grim memories of the past two decades of militancy as the state witnessed lowest ever militant activities.
“The brave jawans and officers put in their best to sustain a peaceful atmosphere, which proved conducive for normal activities like tourism, education, sports activities and trade and business,” said DGP Khuda in his New Year message.
The message has come in the backdrop of zero civilian killing this year despite stray incidents of violent protests in the state. The year 2011 brought an end to consecutive three years civilian uprising, violence and deaths. More than 200 people died since 2008 when Amarnath land row lead to mass scale agitation followed by Shopian double murder in 2009 and a cycle of violence in 2010, in which 113 civilians died.
“New hope generated in 2011 is to be sustained. We cannot be complacent as the vested interests continue to pose bigger challenges in times to come. We need to frustrate any attempt to disturb peace and harmony,” said Khuda.
The police trained five battalions this year in crowd control mechanism after a sub-committee of the ministry of home affairs drafted standing operating procedures.
“Non-lethal ammunition was specially manufactured for Kashmir,” said the DGP.
The police claim militancy related incidents reflect a dwindling graph. “A sharp of 47% in terrorist violence compared to 2010. The violence dropped to an all time low to around 190 incidents compared to 1438 five years in 2006. “Nearly 87% decrease in violence has been registered,” said Khuda.