Jammu and Kashmir DGP vows 'befitting response' to militants for targeted killing of police

The DGP said around 6,000 policemen have lost their lives fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir

Press Trust of India October 21, 2020 19:45:32 IST
Jammu and Kashmir DGP vows 'befitting response' to militants for targeted killing of police

File photo of Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh. PTI

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Wednesday vowed to give a befitting response to militants for the targeted killing of police officials when they are home off-duty.

The DGP was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day at Zewan in the outskirts of the city Srinagar.

"This is the action that demonstrates the nefarious intentions of the enemy. In a situation when an official goes home to meet his family after fulfilling his responsibilities, he is targeted. We will give a befitting reply to it, but it is a nefarious action," Singh told reporters.

He was responding to a question on whether policemen going on holidays were soft targets for militants. Singh said people have condemned such killings and expressed sympathies with the police force.

He said when they went to the house of the inspector who was killed in Anantnag district on Monday, a huge number of people sympathised with the police and cursed the perpetrators.

"I think their actions will result in their end," the DGP added.

Singh said the number of casualties of security personnel was lower this year than the last year.

"I think it is a relief for us that we have minimised the loss of security forces' lives while fulfilling our duties," he said.

He said the security forces will intensify anti-militancy operations in the coming days.

Earlier, in his address to the policemen, the DGP said about 6,000 policemen have lost their lives fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

"From 1 September, 2019 to 31 October 2020, 40 security forces personnel, including 14 policemen, were killed in militancy and other violence related incidents in the union territory," the DGP said.

The Police Commemoration Day is observed since 21 October, 1959 when ten CRPF men lost their lives fighting Chinese forces in Ladakh.

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