‘Praiseworthy’: Mehbooba hails ‘police discipline and restraint despite provocations’
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Compared to other states police work in Jammu and Kashmir was “more challenging”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said Wednesday as she lauded the force for showing “discipline and restraint” despite “serious provocations.”

“Despite facing stones, bullets and other provocative situations, the restraint and discipline shown by the police here is indeed praiseworthy,” she said in Jammu.

Referring to reports of roughing up of Kashmiri prisoners in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, Mehbooba said the “shameful incident not only maligned the name of the policemen and their state, but the entire police force.”

She was addressing the attestation-cum-passing out parade of 947 recruits at the Police Training School.

Mehbooba said militancy cannot be wiped out by killing militants alone, adding that a more “humane approach” was needed to tackle the problem.

She said drug menace and a growing graph of violence against women were the biggest challenges in the Valley after militancy.

“You have to eliminate militancy in Kashmir. But militancy cannot be wiped out by killing militants alone,” the PDP leader said.

Nearly 200 militants, the highest number in years, were killed by government forces in Kashmir this year.

“We need to understand the reason and the real problem behind militancy,” Mehbooba said.

She said the job of the police was very sensitive in Jammu and Kashmir, where the challenges were much more than the usual policing in other parts of the country.

Mehbooba added that the drug de-addiction centres run by the police in Srinagar were doing a wonderful job.

“l salute district police chiefs, who despite facing financial constraints, are helping drug addicts to overcome the problem. I would like the officers at district level to supervise such de-addiction centres”.

The chief minister expressed concern over the growing graph of crime against women and lamented the fact that the victims were not coming forward with their complaints.

“There are two reasons for women not seeking legal assistance. First, they do not want to publicise family matter, and secondly, they do not have faith in the police,” she said.

“We have set up women police stations so that the victims of domestic violence can talk about their problems openly. Since such stations do not have much strength, district police chiefs need to pitch in and help them get justice,” she said.

Mehbooba added that she had requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to raise the ex-gratia relief of policemen at par with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

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