Says no civilian killing occurred when police present on spot
Anantnag: Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid on Tuesday asked the media to “introspect” and accused the fraternity of misleading Kashmiri youth.
“Much of what you write, telecast or post on social media leads youth astray,” he told reporters in Anantnag after holding a ‘police darbaar’. He added that everybody was working to make the situation in Kashmir better.
“I want to tell the media that no such thing should be done which has the potential of leading the children astray,” he said. The police chief wanted to know whether anybody would seek to see a situation where children picked up arms.
“If children are taking the path, whether because of me or the media, we should introspect so that the children are not led astray,” the DGP said.
Vaid also subtly absolved the police of any civilian killings during anti-militancy operations.
He said that no civilian killings have occurred when the police was present on the spot.
“We are making efforts to try and make army and paramilitary work in tandem with the police to prevent any wrongdoing on their part,” he said. More than 20 people have been killed this year alone near encounter sites, most of them in south Kashmir.
Answering a question about the NIA raids and the subsequent arrests of pro-freedom leaders, the DGP said that people needed to be punished for wrongdoings.
“We have heard their statements on TV. If true, if somebody has traded blood (agar kisi ne khoon ki dalaali ki hai) he needs to face the law and be punished for it,” the DGP said.
He also appealed to active militants to give up arms and come back to the ‘right’ path.
“I know the plight of the families who lose their loved ones, regardless of whether they were militants or not. If somebody has been lured to the wrong path, they should come back to the righteous one,” Vaid said.