Nocturnal raids to continue: IGP Gilani

Anantnag: Nocturnal raids will continue to nab “miscreants”, Kashmir Police Chief, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani, said on Tuesday.

“To ensure peace in valley,” Gilani said, “it has to happen.”

Gilani was addressing press in Islamabad district on the conclusion of his two-day visit to south Kashmir. This was second formal meet of any top cop with press since July 09, 2016. The press meet was held at the official residence of DIG South Kashmir at Khanabal.

“There are certain miscreants in certain areas that are disposed to disrupt peace in valley,” he said. “We have identified them and a list has been created to arrest them. The situation will improve in the valley soon.”

At least 76 civilians were killed and over 10500 injured by forces since July 09, 2016 in mass protests triggered by killing of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 08, 2016 which coincided with third Eid-ul-Fitr.

“The situation is improving day by day,” Gilani said, “while Srinagar-Jammu Highway is through, condition on inter-district roads is improving too.”

Gilani made these comments on the day when a 20-year-old youth, Naseer Ahmad, was killed after police and CRPF fired pellets on protestors.

“We will try to make sure that maximum restrain is maintained, but we will have to use it (pellet) when needed, though we have included additional shells,” Gilani said in response to queries about use of pellets.

Respond to the questions over the action of forces in Seer Hamadan, the native village of slain Naseer, the IGP said, “while our forces go to get hold of miscreants, people don’t let them work rather they attack on them. That is why our men are compelled to take action, in which deaths occur.”

During the two-day visit, the IGP met number of officials from Army, CRPF and police and discussed the prevailing situation.

The IGP further said, “there are reports of rise in militancy, but we are analysing the situation. The operations against militants will be surged once situation gets better.” Similar comments were made by Northern Indian Army Commander in a press met at Badambagh last month. (CNS)