Srinagar, July 20: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police is set to procure “body cameras” for its personnel as
part of its “smart policing” initiative, with the twin purpose of strengthening security and increasing
transparency, The Indian Express reported.
“The J&K Police force is about 90,000 strong, so the body cameras can’t be available for everyone. They will
first be provided for law and order personnel and the traffic police,” The Indian Express quoted DGP S P Vaid
The report quoted IGP (Kashmir) S P Pani said the cameras would be mounted on the uniforms as a “visible
interface between citizens and law enforcement”. Saying this was a major step forward, he said: “This is a
civic measure aimed at increasing accountability within the force. We are training our boys for using this.”
The CRPF, which has been using body cameras in the state for over a year, considers it an “effective
measure”. “What this does is that it keeps recording and transmitting to the ops room. So, during
operations, it helps guide the forces on the ground and also helps in the analysis, after the operation or the
law and order situation is over,” The Indian Express quoted IG CRPF, Zulfiqar Hassan.
In a related development, police stations in the state are being connected via the Crime and Criminal
Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS). According to senior officers, 78 of the 86 police stations in Kashmir
zone are already part of the new system. The CCTNS is a Central project aimed at creating an integrated
system for effective policing through e-Governance, and is implemented by the National Crime Records
Bureau, a report said.
The number of CCTVs in the Valley is also being increased. Senior officers said these measures are being
implemented to increase transparency in policing, The Indian Express reported.
Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts
Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.
UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report
United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.
Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk
Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.