Normal policing required to tackle public unrest: J&K CM

Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 19:21

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Thursday stressed on the need for `normal
policing` to tackle the kind of public unrest witnessed in the
Valley recently, acknowledging this year was a difficult one
for the police personnel.

"During the last 20 years, we put the police at the
forefront of tackling militancy, which affected the normal
policing. We need to stress on the normal policing," Omar said
addressing the Police Commemoration Day at Zewan in the
outskirts of the city.
"The state is passing through a difficult time but
patience has to be maintained," he said.

The Chief Minister said that as militancy has come down
over the past few years, a different challenge has come to the
fore, which needs a different approach, strategy and
equipment.

Omar said he understands normal policing cannot be
done overnight but steps need to be taken for that.

The chief Minister acknowledged that police has faced
a lot of pressure during the last four months of public
unrest.

"Last four months have not been easy for the police. I
know you have faced troubles, I know your families have faced
problems and that conspiracies have been hatched against you,"
he said.

"But you have been brave in all these circumstances
but patience needs to be exercised," he added.

Omar also said this year has been particularly difficult
for the security forces across the country.
"On one hand, you had to continue the fight against
terrorism and on the other, you had to face the challenge of
naxalism," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 19:21

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