Special care for human rights during anti-militant ops: DGP Rajendra

SRINAGAR: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra Kumar on Saturday said “special care” should be taken to ensure that human rights are not violated during anti-militant operations and stressed on better synergy among law enforcing agencies to ensure safety and security of people.

“While dealing with the (law and order) situations, the police should take special care of human rights and every effort, precaution should be taken to avoid collateral damage,” Kumar said while chairing a high-level meeting here.

The meeting, attended by senior police, paramilitary and intelligence officers, was convened to take stock of the law and order situation in the Valley, an official spokesman said.

Emphasising on adoption of an “effective strategy” to check “anti-national” elements, the police chief said while conducting operations it should be ensured that common people are not inconvenienced.

He said input sharing among different agencies is necessary to foil designs of bad elements.

Kumar called for strengthening of the intelligence grid and stressed on greater coordination among different law enforcing agencies. The DGP said better policing and people’s cooperation are mandatory to achieve desired results.

He said police and other security agencies have done a commendable job in fighting militancy during the past 25 years for which they have sacrificed their lives.

“The success achieved on the anti-militancy front and in maintaining law and order was due to the people’s cooperation with the forces,” he said.

The spokesman said the meeting also discussed various issues like the annual Amarnath pilgrimage which is scheduled to commence on July 2 and proposed local bodies elections in the state.

It was informed that in view of local bodies election, annual ‘darbar move’ (shifting of government from winter capital, Jammu, to summer capital, Srinagar) and yatra, security agencies would have to remain more vigilant and chalk out a comprehensive security deployment plan to ensure secure atmosphere, he said.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S J M Gillani and other officers apprised the meeting about the law and order situation in the Valley.

They also briefed the meeting about the operations conducted during the past two months, the spokesman said.