[ Tuesday, February 28, 2006 01:19:43 pmPTI ]
SRINAGAR: Observing that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was heading towards normalcy, a senior police officer today asked his force to place human rights as the top priority during counter-insurgency operations.
"The situation in the Valley is speedily heading towards complete normalcy, but there is a need to remain vigilant against the anti-national elements who are still trying to retard the peace process to serve their own interest," Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, K Rajendra said while addressing a meeting of police and security officers here yesterday.
Referring to anti-militancy operations, the IGP said human rights take priority over all issues and stressed life and the property of citizens should be protected at all costs.
"Any official found indulging in human rights violation would be punished under law and no leniency would be shown to them," Rajendra warned.
The IGP complimented the police and security forces for handling the recent law and order problem in the wake of protests held across the valley against the killing of four youths allegedly by the security forces and bombing of a holy Shiite shrine in Iraq with utmost restraint as a result of which there has been no loss to life or property.
He said police would from now on place greater focus on gaining people’s confidence by initiating civic programmes, proactive policy against militants outfits and professional policing to curb social evils.