Violence is a zero sum game: Mehbooba
Visits BSF headquarters, pays tributes to slain men
KG News Desk
Srinagar, June 4: Expressing anguish over the killing of two policemen in Anantnag, Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the latest dastardly acts of bloodshed by the militants.
Expressing anguish over the “senseless violence”, the Chief Minister said the recent attacks once again show the desperate levels to which the militants can go to disrupt peace and normalcy in the state. “Violence is a zero sum game which does not solve any problem but gives rise to more complexities,” she said and added that only the weak resort to killings.
“The security forces personnel and the policemen, who are performing difficult duties not out of choice but to earn bread and butter for their families, are losing their precious lives in such dastardly attacks,” she said and added one fails to understand why unsuspecting cops should fall prey to this senseless violence. She also praised the security forces and the police for exercising restraint to ensure that the innocent civilians don’t fall victim to any retaliatory action.
Ms Mehbooba said the perpetrators of bloodbath must realize that it is not through the gun and grenade that political problems are resolved. “Dialogue and reconciliation are the only options for making headway in finding a solution,” she said and added that hundreds of civilians, security forces personnel, policemen and militants have been killed in the State over the past more than two decades of turmoil leaving behind a trail of tragedies for the victim families.
“My heartfelt condolences to the families of Assistant Sub-Inspector, Bashir Ahmad and a Constable, Reyaz Ahmad, killed in Anantnag today,” she said and added these dastardly acts depict the desperation on part of militant groups and nothing else as they are only adding to miseries of Kashmiris.
She said such killings cannot deter the resolve of the government in moving ahead to bring peace and normalcy to the State and end the miseries of its people.
The Chief Minister also visited the Headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Humhama here where she laid wreath on the mortal remains of the three BSF personnel killed in a gruesome militant attack near Bijbehara on Friday.
The Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the Director General BSF, Mr K K Sharma who was present there. She also expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased BSF personnel and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Three BSF personnel namely Head Constable G K Shukla of 1022 RT Regiment, Head Constable Dinesh Giri of 1022 RT Regiment and Constable Mahinder Ram of 64 Battalion were killed and seven BSF personnel namely Inspector Dhanvir Singh, Constable Driver Santosh, DC Vinod Bhardawaj, Head Constable Bhagat Singh, Head Constable Bishember Nath, Head Constable Sikander Pal and Constable Mithlesh Kumar were injured in the attack.
“My heart goes out to the families of the slain BSF personnel and I hope that the perpetrators will be taken to task soon,” she said.
The Chief Minister said such attacks are attempts by vested interests to derail the peace and reconciliation process started by the state government in Jammu and Kashmir which will also impact the economy at a time when the tourism activity had started picking up in the state.
Rajendra visits Anantnag, reviews security
Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar visited Anantnag to pay tributes to the two cops, who were killed by at General Bus Stand today. He paid floral tributes to the cops and also visited place of occurrence.
On hearing the news about the incident, in which ASI Bashir Ahmed and Constable Riyaz Ahmed of District Police Antnang were fired upon when they were busy in their professional duties at General Bus Stand, the DGP visited the place of occurrence and took stock of the situation.
DGP along with a large number of jawans and officers from the JKP and other security agencies, besides civil administration attended the wreath laying ceremony held at District Police Lines. He paid floral tributes to the martyred cops and reiterated that the sacrifices of the brave cops would lead the force in their fight for peace and order.
Rajendra expressed solidarity with the bereaved families, praying for eternal peace to the departed souls. He said that whole Police Parivar is at the back of bereaved families and share the grief and sorrow with them. He assured that every support would be provided to the families of martyrs providing them successor and assistance.
Later, Rajendra chairing a meeting at Range Police Office, asked the officers from police and Central Para-military Forces to gear up all resources to apprehend the attackers. He said that desperate attempts by the “anti-social” elements would strengthen police’s commitment and forces will chase the attackers till they are brought to justice. He stressed for joint efforts by the security and other agencies to curb their activities.
The meeting attended by IGP Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani, IGP CRPF (Ops.), Nalin Prabath and Atul Karwal, DIG, SKR, Nitish Kumar, all district SSPs, SDPOs of South Kashmir and other police officers.