Kashmir to see more bloodshed this year, claims former DGP
New Delhi, Apr 26: Former Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda has predicted more “bloodshed” in year 2018 than previous year, as according to him killing over 200 militants in the region could not “restore normalcy” in the region, said a report.
According to the report published in The Indian Express, Khoda who was in Delhi to attend a security conclave said: “The year 2018 is bound to be worse than 2017, where casualty of security forces is likely to cross 100”.
“The killing of over 200 militants by security forces last year is a clear indication that there are more militants in the valley than previous years,” the report quoted Khoda as saying.
Khoda as per report blamed “politicisation of events for vote bank politics and polarisation” as primarily responsible for escalation of “violence” in Kashmir.
“As the DGP, I had sent a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, stating that out of 22 districts in J&K, 19 were without any presence of militants…The only areas which had presence of militants then were Pulwama, Kupwara and upper Ganderbal,” the report quoted Khoda as saying.
Khoda as per report also made mention of pellet guns. “In 2010 agitation, we used pellet guns, but there was no outcry. It is possible that the boys (CRPF), who are using these pellets guns now, have not been trained or instructed properly to cause minimum damage,” the report quoted Khoda as saying.
A 1974-batch IPS officer from the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, Khoda was appointed the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC) of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013. During his stint as CVC, Khoda said: “I highlighted rampant corruption, nepotism, favoritism in the government. There are certain offices and certain desk where corruption breeds — like (the desks dealing with) scholarship for students, subsidies for various schemes, the reserved/backward area certificate, the revenue documents. We suggested the government to install CCTVs at these desks. If governance is good, lot of irritants mind will be taken care of.”
Khoda, as per the report, also criticised the government for not being serious about stopping militant funding in the Valley. “In 2010, the Centre set up a committee headed by the Director Intelligence Bureau (IB) and members from other agencies, including RAW and Jammu and Kashmir police, but the committee never met to discuss terror funding,” he said.