Srinagar: Director General of Police SP Vaid on Saturday urged the general public to “free Kashmir from gun, grenade, drugs” and instead bring peace, prosperity and smiles, particularly to the youth of Kashmir.
Speaking at the concluding function of South Sports Festival at Mattan in Anantnag district, Vaid said the Jammu and Kashmir Police will try to act as a catalyst in realising the dreams of young men and women.
Vaid said that the J&K Police in collaboration with other government departments is planning to sponsor coaching classes so that poor and weak students are enabled to qualify competitive exams such as IAS, NET, NEET, etc.
Referring to the achievements of cricketer Parvez Rasool, Vaid said that Kashmiri boys and girls are very talented and the police will provide help and assistance to them.
He said that under the Civic Action Programme, a number of initiatives like Chhoona Hai Aasman, Run for Fun, and Jashn-e-Dal have been conducted and such events will continue to be conducted in the future to harness the capabilities of youth.
He advised the Kashmiri youth to not fall prey to the designs of elements that are “hell bent on disturbing the situation”. He said that young men should take care of their health and he promised that his department will provide a gym centre at sports stadium Mattan for local youth.
On the occasion, MLC Sofi Yousuf announced Rs 2 lakh reward for the participants and organisers of the event. He complimented the J&K Police for organising sports festivals in all districts of south Kashmir.
IGP Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan complimented the team that successfully organised the festival. “It is an endeavour of the police department to reach out to youth by providing such opportunities,” he said.
In his welcome address, DIG South Kashmir Range SP Pani said that over the years this sports festival had become “very popular” and about 5,500 players participated in different events held at district level and now at the range level. He thanked all departments that provided help in successful organisation of the festival.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Mohammad Younus Malik thanked the J&K Police for organising the festival. In his speech, he highlighted the achievements of Anantnag district in different sports activities at zonal, state and national level.
The DGP and other officers distributed prizes to the winners.