Srinagar: Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid on Saturday said that police-public relations improved in the year 2017. Speaking at an event at the indoor stadium here, the DGP said that the police’s sponsorship of sports to “engage youth of Kashmir in constructive activity” has been a success.
“We want Kashmiri youth to make a (good) career and not tread the path of violence and drugs,” Vaid said. The DGP has been repeatedly saying that sports can fight militancy in Kashmir.
“We want Kashmir’s youth to be healthy, to make their families and this state famous by playing sports,” he said, addressing the participating youth who played judo and other self-defence sports at the indoor stadium.
“I believe, if you continue to play in partnership with police,” he told the participants, “you will be able to play at state, national and international level.”
The DGP expressed pleasure that the event organisers had invited as chief guest the daughter of slain policeman Abdul Rashid. Rashid, an ASI rank cop, was killed in a militant attack at Mehand bridge in Anantnag on August 28 this year. “It is a good gesture,” he said about the presence of Zohra Rashid, the little daughter of Rashid.
“That face of Zohra jolted the whole country,” he said referring to the wailing face of Zohra when her father’s body lay at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar. “It moved the conscience of the country,” Vaid said. “I would like other (police) officers to also honour families of slain policemen… make them (family members) chief guest (on different occasions).”
Acknowledging that there was intense chill even inside the indoor stadium where the youth and children gave sports presentations, the DGP thanked their parents for sending them to police-organised events.
Later, talking to reporters, the DGP said that 2017 had proved beneficial for the police, as its relations with the public had improved. “We have held meetings with local committees and got people’s issues resolved,” he said.
The DGP hinted that the police’s new-year resolution will include an all-out war on the drug menace in Jammu and Kashmir.