IS ideology used to radicalise Kashmiri youth: J&K Police Chief

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 08:35:38



RULING out any major presence of the Islamic State (IS) in Jammu and Kashmir, Police Chief Dilbag Singh said on Wednesday that the real problem was that the youths were being radicalised on IS lines.

Addressing a press conference here, the Director General of Police (DGP) said: “Carrying IS flags and displaying them publicly to show that there is a very large presence of such elements has happened here in the past also. “We again say that the IS presence is not that big, but the fact that people are being radicalised on those lines cannot be denied.

“Some elements are making serious efforts to radicalise a section of the youth to the extent possible. “Kashmiri civil society has been an open society with a very secular kind of culture,” the officer said. “Efforts to radicalise the society have been made at various levels and their expression has been seen in the kind of activities we saw the other day at Jamia Masjid.” The DGP was referring to the appearance of masked youths displaying black flags on December 21 at the Jamia Masjid, with one mounting the pulpit with his shoes on. The officer said the situation had by and large remained peaceful in 2018 and yet “some precious lives had been lost during” anti-militant operations.

In counter-insurgency operation no joy in death, whether militant or security personnel: J&K DGP: THERE is no joy in any death in a counter-insurgency operation, be it of security personnel or a militant, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said on Wednesday.

Addressing an annual press conference here, Singh, who took over as Director General of Police (DGP) in September last year, said the number of incidents of violence in Kashmir was higher in 2018 compared to the previous year as terror groups in Pakistan kept the pot boiling by pushing in militants from across the border.

However, he said any death during counter-insurgency operations, be it of a militant, security force personnel or a civilian, was nothing to boast about.
“Despite our efforts, some youth joined the militancy and some were killed also. We feel sad about it, we regret it. It is no source of joy for us. We are in an atmosphere of violence and violence begets violence.