Militant numbers haven’t gone up in Valley: IGP

‘If detention of separatists is required to maintain law and order, we will do that’

Srinagar, Oct 07 : Rejecting the reports of any alarming increase in the militant numbers in Kashmir Valley, police chief on Friday said there have been some cases of infiltration this year however reports of locals joint militant ranks are wrong.

Taking to KNS, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani while reacting to the reports of locals at alarming numbers in South Kashmir joining militancy said that there have been no such inputs available. “No, there aren’t any such reports. It would be wrong to say that locals have joined the militant ranks at alarming pace,” IGP said.

He however added that this year there were cases reported of increase in the infiltration along the LoC but here too the numbers haven’t gone up. “Police is capable of containing the situation. The situation indeed isn’t alarming at all,” Gilani told KNS.

Commenting over the present situation in Kashmir Valley that has been reeling under constant strikes for past 90 days, Gilani said that the police have succeeded in pacifying the situation on ground and restored law and order. He added that the Police have a detailed list of ‘trouble mongers’ who have been vitiating the atmosphere in Valley and “we will go after them wherever they escape.” “Police have detained the involved and wherever we find anyone disturbing the law and order- we will act,” he said.

Over the detention and house arrests of the separatist leaders including Hurriyat Hawk Syed Ali Geelani, IGP said that the utmost priority for the police is to restore law and order in Kashmir valley and whatever steps are required to be taken in this regard shall be taken at an earliest. “As I told you, we will do everything that can restore peace in Valley and provide sigh of relief to the people. If it requires the arrest of the separatist elements, we will do that,” Gilani said. (KNS)

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