Functioning of police, security forces being reoriented: Vohra



Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Monday said the functioning of police and security forces was being reoriented to deal with stone-pelting agitations and mob violence in the state.

Security forces have also been directed to strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) while carrying out anti-terrorist operations, Vohra said addressing a joint sitting of state legislature on the opening day of the budget session.

"In pursuance of my government's commitment to ensure zero tolerance of human rights violations, all security forces have been directed to most strictly observe the Standard Operating Procedures while carrying out anti-terrorist operations in any part of the state.

"Side by side, the functioning of the state police and security forces personnel is being reoriented to deal with stone-pelting agitations and mob violence without the application of excessive force," he said.

The Governor said prolonged disturbances during the last summer resulted in the loss of innocent lives, large scale economic loss and irreparable damage to education due to closure of the educational institutes.

"I convey my sincere sympathy to all those who lost their near and dear ones and urge all segments of society to seriously ponder over the factors which led to this turmoil.

"Whatever be our differences and disagreements there cannot be any justification whatsoever for ruining academic prospects of the entire student community in Kashmir," he said, adding partisan approaches must not be allowed to repeatedly disrupt normalcy and ruin the future of our youths.

"It has been my firm belief that agitation and confrontation cannot resolve issues involving contrary positions. Conciliation and dialogue have been, and will always remain, the best means for seeking a solution to any contentious issue," he said.

PTI