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Admn says ‘focus on fragile parts’ to ensure smooth elections

Srinagar: Advisor to Governor of Jammu and Kashmir K. Vijay Kumar along with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan and Inspector General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S.P Pani addressing media regarding the current situation of valley,at FSL Srinagar on Friday,March 08, 2019. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie

Srinagar, Mar 8: The security situation in most of Jammu and Kashmir is stable, but the administration is focusing on “fragile” parts to ensure smooth conduct of polls whenever they are announced, advisor to the governor, K Vijay Kumar, said Friday.
“Security scenario is stable in most situations, but fragile in certain parts, which has been the case with JK for some time. We are focusing on all these areas – both the stable areas to keep it as stable as possible (and) where there is fragility, to have our combined action of all the multiple security forces.
“We are at it to make it as easy and smooth and facilitate the common man to come for voting as and when the process is announced. That is our aim and we are hoping for that,” Kumar, in-charge of the Home Department, said.
The advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the first DNA profiling laboratory in the state set up by the J&K Police at Bemina on the outskirts of the city here.
Describing the grenade attack at Bus Stand in Jammu on Thursday as unfortunate and a despicable act, Kumar said the alleged attacker – a Class 9 student from Kulgam district of Kashmir – was an “ordinary youngster” and made into a “mercenary” by anti-social elements.
“(It is a) very unfortunate incident. He (the attacker) is only the tip of the spear; there are elements who have motivated him. He is a very ordinary youngster and they have made him into a mercenary. You may not be remembering, but in Yemen, for 50 pennies or whatever, young boys were made to throw grenades. This is as cruel or brutal or inhuman as that to use an innocent mind for achieving some target which they will never achieve, because we are all together in this.
“You saw the kind of public affected – 11 people from the Valley, 10 from Jammu and nine from across the country. What is that? What is he trying to achieve and show? Why did he do this gruesome act? That boy alone is not the thing, there are agents behind him, so we are at it and this is a very despicable act. So, the entire security forces with the help of society – the common society has condemned it – so with their help, we will be at it,” he said.
The advisor said appropriate security measures will be taken to prevent such attacks in future.
“Whatever is appropriate to the situation, the calculation will be on a dynamic mode. We are working on it and we will meet the requirement,” he said.
Asked about the withdrawal of security to several mainstream politicians in the state, Kumar said such decisions are taken after deliberate discussions and thought.
“There is a committee, a conscious, deliberate decision making body. I do not get into those nitty-gritty details. It was after deliberate discussions and thought that this decision was made,” he said.
Speaking about the laboratory, Kumar said it is the first DNA lab in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is a very advanced lab for forensic applications and will be very beneficial. The technicians are trained and we will be training more people from all the police stations. It will be a major thing, a development, advancement, in the investigative field,” he said.

Guv trying to sabotage assembly polls: Omar
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, Mar 8: Hitting out at Governor Satya Pal Malik over his comment that the line differentiating mainstream political parties and separatists is fading, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday alleged Malik was “keen to remain in power that he and some in his administration are trying to sabotage Assembly elections.”

 

Omar, who is the Vice President of National Conference (NC), said the Governor should be focused on improving the security environment to enable elections.
“He should be focused on improving the security environment to enable elections but one hears from responsible people that the Governor is so keen to remain in power that he & some in his administration are trying to sabotage assembly elections,” Omar tweeted late Thursday evening.