Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid on Friday thanked the people of the state for their “support this year” to sports events organised by the police.
“It is the endeavour of J&K Police to promote the popular game of football so that budding players of this state can show their talent,” he said, addressing the inaugural function of a football tournament at a new synthetic turf here.
The DGP informed that teams from J&K Bank, SRTC and J&K Forests are participating in the tournament which has been named after slain Mushtaq Ahmad, who was SHO Kothibagh police station.
“We expected many teams (but) perhaps due to weather, there is less participation but we want more than seven teams in the coming year,” he said.
“We could not hold this tournament for the past few years; first because of the 2014 disastrous floods and then due to law and order problem,” he said.
“Youth need some activity to do,” the DGP said. “If their energy is channelised for constructive activity, there is no doubt that they will be saved from drugs and from going astray.”
Vaid said that police were very thankful to people for their “massive cooperation” this year. “There was huge participation in many events. We held run for peace, Jashn-e-Dal, shikara race, wall climbing course, south and Kashmir north zone tournaments, and people in huge numbers participated and I thank them from the core of my heart,” he said.
“It is our endeavour to bring youth into constructive activity, not to (push) them in drugs and violence, which is work of those who do not want good of Kashmir… they want to push youth on wrong path but we want youth to make themselves, their parents and the state proud,” he said.
He also informed, “On our request, Ministry of Home Affairs (GoI) has approved three more turfs, including an astro-turf, for Kashmir. It will be an opportunity for the budding players to play on a very good turf in all the three regions of Kashmir,” he said, informing that three sites have been identified at Police Public School Bemina, Awantipora and Handwara.
“The turfs will have flood-lit facility so that players from these regions can play during dark hours and the turfs are maintained as well,” he said.
The DGP said that there is “huge difference in stone-pelting incidents” between last year and this year. “I don’t have figures but now days and weeks pass without such incidents,” he said.
On the ‘Operation All-Out’ against militants in Kashmir, Vaid said, “The support of people (in anti-militancy operations) is a must.”
When asked about the apparent Hizb-ul-Mujahideen posters which surfaced in Tral town of Pulwama district today, the police chief said, “There were such efforts in the past as well but we reject them.”
The posters had asked people not to send their children to Indian army sponsored Sadbhavna programmes.