Chief Minister skips police commemoration event

Chief Minister skips police commemoration event
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Revenue minister says ‘politicians safe because of police’

Srinagar: Speaking at JK Armed Police Headquarters on ‘Police Commemoration Day’, senior PDP leader and revenue minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said on Saturday that policemen needed to show a “more humanitarian face” while dealing with the general public in Kashmir.

“Given the multi-dimensional role J&K Police has assumed, expectations of people from police have increased. Policemen need to adopt a more humanitarian face towards the public,” he said.

He also said that politicians in Kashmir were safe because of the security provided by policemen.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was supposed to address the event, but Veeri said she was not keeping well. “Mehbooba ji called me and sent me here to attend this important event as she is not keeping well,” he said.

“J&K Police is the best force in India,” Veeri said in his address. “Besides the routine law and order situation, (J&K) policemen are rendering services in difficult situations.”

“Politicians are safe and secure because of the JK policemen,” he said.

The minister said that because of the services rendered by the police, people’s expectations from them have grown.

“It is police which has been solving issues of people… when there is an issue of electricity, water, irrigation or any other, police have been intervening. How can we forget the role of police during the 2014 floods… cops saved and rescued people. State police has always been working along with the civil administration, besides doing their own work,” he said.

“Life can’t come back,” he said of policemen killed while performing their duty. “This is the highest sacrifice one can give.”

Earlier in his address, Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid said that the police force won’t forget the tears of Zohra, daughter of slain policeman Abdul Rashid Shah.

Shah was an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) who was killed in a militant attack in Anantnag in August this year.

“Thirty J&K policemen have been killed since August 2016, during which many militant leaders were killed [as well],” Vaid said. “It is because of the sacrifices of our men that police could control the situation in 2016.”

“Deputy SP Mohammad Ayoub Pandit, SI Feroz Dar, ASI Ab Rashid Shah are among the slain policemen,” he said. “Police cannot forget Zohra’s tears. We will safeguard the lives of our people with our hearts and our lives.”

On the sidelines of the function, when minister Veeri was questioned about the unabated incidents of braid chopping, he said, “The government is on it. Police have formed an SIT and are investigating the matter.”

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