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Police chief backs NSG deployment in Kashmir: Report



Srinagar, May 13: J&K DGP S P Vaid in a media report on Sunday backed deployment of Commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) in Kashmir saying that they could be used for “room intervention” during anti-militancy operations and could help prevent destruction of houses during encounters.


The Ministry of Home Affairs recently said it is considering deployment of NSG troops along with personnel of the Army, police and CRPF for anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.

DGP Vaid, in an interview to The Sunday Express, said he would like the cops in J&K trained by NSG since “it (NSG) is the expert force for room intervention.”

“Also, if required, (we would) use them at least in capital city for room intervention rather than bringing down the house. It is an effort to save the houses also,” the report quoted him saying.

About the killing of professor-turned-militant Mohammed Rafi Bhat in south Kashmir, the DGP said that he had a “background” of militancy. “As per our information, I think sometime in 2012, he had joined militancy and was brought back by the family,” he said. “His cousin was also a militant. So there is a background,” Vaid said.

Calling for a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the “alienation” of youth in Valley, Vaid said, “You have to address the alienation. Police cannot address the alienation alone… multi-pronged strategy has to be put in place to counter alienation.” When asked if dialogue would be part of such a strategy, he said, “It is understood”.

On security challenges to the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, Vaid said steps would be taken to ensure no untoward incident takes place. “Last year, that incident happened because a vehicle strayed, went beyond the cut-off time and then there was a puncture and that unfortunate incident happened. We will take whatever steps this time and improve upon last year’s work to ensure that it is incident-free,” he said.

Vaid agreed with the comments of his predecessor, former DGP Kuldeep Khoda, that Kashmir Valley would see more bloodshed this year as compared to last year. “The way efforts are being made from Pakistan, militancy would be there. There is no let down from Pakistan regarding infiltration, provocation and social media, so obviously it is going to be an eventful summer,” he said. “But, I am still optimistic this summer should see good tourism, normal life and activity in Valley”.