JKP ready to face any challenge: DGP

‘Threat Had No Impact On LC Polls’


Srinagar, Dec 5: Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Wednesday said there was little impact of threats to Panchayat representatives in the Legislative Council (LC) polls but Jammu and Kashmir Police was ready to face any challenge.
“We won’t give challenge to anybody, but we are here to face any challenge,” Prasad told Greater Kashmir over telephone. He said that after United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin issued threats to Panchayat representatives, every effort was made to ensure incident free polls. “The threat statement was analyzed. Various factors were identified while planning security for the elections,” he said.
“We had incident-free polling and good turnout. Everybody can now see the impact of the threat statements,” the DGP said.
In an interview with Delhi-based news magazine Tehelka, Salahuddin had said, “Panchs and Sarpanchs are exploited by India to project Kashmir as pro-India, as such they will continue to be targeted. No matter how much the government tries to secure them, they will still be attacked.”
Commenting on the threat, the DGP said, “Salahuddin has made the statement from outside the jurisdiction of Jammu and Kashmir Police,” he said and added that police would act once anybody makes statement in its jurisdiction.
“Anyone who creates any problem in our jurisdiction, he is being and will be dealt with strictly,” Prasad said.
Pertinently, a day before the LC polls, DGP Prasad had told Greater Kashmir that there was no specific threat to the polling process but security has been beefed up. “We would not allow anybody to disrupt the polling and every security arrangement has been put in place,” he had said.

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Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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