SRINAGAR – Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad said militants “are trying to provoke security forces to react.” He said militant attacks are “no longer affecting the public as they have changed their strategy and are targeting police and security forces.”
Talking to media-persons on the sidelines of ‘Passing Out Parade’ at Lethpora in South Kashmir, he said: “Militants have changed their strategy and have two objectives behind targeting the security personnel: to demoralize them and provoke them to react after every attack. We are consciously avoiding both these objectives and not giving them an open hand,” he said.
Prasad said the graph of militancy has “come down considerably” while police and security forces have “managed to neutralize top militant commanders.” He said: “Militants are trying to create sensation by attacking police and security forces but we are trying our best to curb their movement and attacks.”
He said police in coordination with other agencies like CRPF and Army has started “people-friendly operations” and “succeeded in minimizing the collateral damages and are trying to reduce it to zero level.”
He said the police force is being modernized to “counter insurgency successfully.” “Police was able to able to handle two agitations successfully and we have launched new modernization schemes to make our force up to date.”
He said that militants are trying to “instigate violence in Kashmir and for this, they are adopting different tactics.” “Though we have achieved great successes against these militants still they are present in some parts of North and South Kashmir,” he said.