Srinagar, Dec 18:
Even as Government of India has consistently blamed Pakistan for fomenting trouble in Kashmir, the state police has ruled out its involvement in this year’s unrest in the valley.
In an interview with Rising Kashmir, Special Director General of Police (DGP), Coordination, Law and Order, SP Vaid said police has no proof of Pakistan’s involvement in Kashmir unrest, which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzzfar Wani on July 8.
“Though some agencies do say that protest calendars given by separatists spearheading the ongoing agitation are believed to be coming from Pakistan only, but we don’t have any proof on it,” he said.
Meanwhile, DGP Vaid said 25 persons have been detained for setting 30 schools ablaze in Kashmir in past five months. “All these miscreants involved in school burning cases will be detained under Public Safety Act. These people need to be dealt strictly to save our schools,” he said.
He said the miscreants set ablaze 78 buildings and damaged 53 others during the agitation.
DGP Vaid said a total of 2371 law and order incidents were reported since the killing of Burhan Wani. In July, 820 law and order incidents occurred across Kashmir, 747 incidents in August, 535 in September, 179 in October and 73 in the month of November.
As per police figures, 76 civilians and two policemen were killed, while as 4113 policemen got injured in these incidents.
The DGP said while as situation has improved now, police has registered 2602 FIRs and 6681 people have been found involved in law and order incidents.
“We have arrested 5084 persons while as 500 persons have been detained under PSAs. More than 90 percent people have been bailed out,” he said.
DGP said there are over 1600 persons who are involved in different law and order cases and are yet to be arrested.
“Once FIR is lodged against anyone in any case, he has to be arrested and bailed out by the court only. We are looking to arrest each of them soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vaid said the number of militants has gone up with around 250 to 275 militants operating in the Valley.
“The number of militants and militancy-related incidents in Kashmir during this year has gone up due to the rise in militant infiltrations on borders. During prevailing cross border tension, out of a group of ten militants 3-4 militants successfully sneak into this side,” he said.
He said north Kashmir is dominated by around 80 percent non-local militants while as in south Kashmir, locals comprise around 80-90 per cent of militant ranks. “In central Kashmir the presence of militants is very less but there are locals as well as foreigners,” he added.