Srinagar: The presence of Global militant outfit ISIS’s footprints were not big in Kashmir, Director General Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said a section of youth in the Valley is being radicalized.
Addressing a press conference here at Police Control Room (PCR), DGP Dilbagh Singh-IPS said that “A section of youth is being radicalized otherwise presence of ISIS is not that big in Kashmir.”
“Kashmir is a secular society and very open but while radicalization on those lines is happening like raising of black flags we saw the other day,” he said while referring to recent unveiling of Daesh flags at Jamie Masjid pulpit.
He said that by such type of acts, it might be to showcase a larger presence but he said that ‘there is no big presence but radicalization on those lines of youth is happening’.
While terming the killing of local militants as painful, he said, “The killing of youth who have picked up arms is not appreciable at all. The youth joining militancy is a matter of concern.”
Dilbagh Singh said that 252 militants were killed during counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Valley Media Service, Singh who was accompanied by ADGP Law and Order, Munir Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir Zone SP Pani and DIG CKR, Vidhi Kumar Birdi told media persons that 97 operations took place in the year 2018 in which 83 culminated without any collateral damage.
Police said that 91 civilians were killed in the year while 44 among them were killed by militants and 38 near encounter sites.
In the year 2018, 45 policemen, 9 CRPF men and 30 Army personnel were also killed.
He also said that the youth joining militancy a matter of concern. Singh said that killing militants is a success but at the same times losing lives is painful and cannot be a thing to be celebrated.
“Lives of anyone be militants, forces personal is very painful,” he said, hoping 2019 will be better year and graph of violence comes down. (VMS)