Stop terming killers as innocents: DGP on Hyderpora encounter

‘SIT investigating; not here to take lessons from others’
Stop terming killers as innocents: DGP on Hyderpora encounter
File photo of Dilbagh Sing

Jammu: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Thursday took exception to those questioning the professionalism of J&K Police by terming “killers as innocents.”

He stated that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was continuing its investigation into the Hyderpora encounter and it would come out with evidence about foreign militant, who was “provided shelter there.”

DGP, during a press conference here, was answering a question with regard to the doubts expressed by the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“There are persons in the civil society who somehow understand but say something which is away from the reality like some on social media who question on dealing with terrorists. Unfortunately, people are looking at the killers as innocent people. A SIT has been constituted by the zonal police (Kashmir). Give them (us) time to come out with some specific mention on the progress of the case as we are still working on important aspects of the Hyderpora encounter,” DGP Dilbag Singh said.

“I am saying with full authority that the police are doing their professional work and our officers know how to conduct operations. We are not there to take lessons from others who are unaware about how operations are carried out,” he said.

As per reports, he said, there were very strong pieces of evidence available in this case which would be shared with all concerned.

“If someone is providing hiding space to a foreign terrorist in his premises and the terrorist with a weapon is moving around the city and selecting targets. Whereas somebody from (the society) the so-called civilian is taking him out for recce on a motorbike to take up targets for him and saying he is innocent... How innocent he is or he was, would be subsequently proven when the investigation makes progress,” he said.

DGP further said, “The Pakistani terrorist was moving in the city and he was responsible for shooting at a police man, who had recognized him. He (policeman) saw him from a very close range. Our investigation is in progress and which is very much suggesting that there was a terrorist and a terror network around him. We will see who is involved to what extent and it will be shared accordingly.”

“Similarly, in yesterday’s encounter, three terrorists were killed,” he said while claiming that Mahran was a resident of Srinagar whereas his associates Arafat and Manzoor were from Pulwama district.

DGP said, “Earlier, both (Arafat and Manzoor) were working as OGWs with Abass Sheikh, who was Chief Commander of TRF- an affiliate of Lashkar-e-Taiba.”

“When you look at what Mehran Shala had been doing ever since he became active. He was earlier working as an associate with Abass Sheikh and he was the one who was providing all kinds of logistic support to him (Abass Sheikh) in Srinagar city and elsewhere,” he added.

Singh said, “He is responsible along-with associates for the killing of SI Arshad, for a grenade attack on June 26, 2021 in which one civilian was killed and three others were injured, also responsible for killing of Mehran Ali Sheikh, resident of Nawakadal, Srinagar, school Principal Supinder Kour, teacher Deepak Chand and other militancy incidents.”

“It is high time for the people to look at the reality without mixing up with their imaginations. It was the encounter which brought relief to the people who lost their dear ones. Therefore, anybody talking nonsense is absolutely not justified,” he said.

He advised such people to “shun the double speech” and not to “term killers as innocents.”

Referring to the Over Ground Workers network, he said that they had identified OGW networks and many of them were booked under UAPA and PSA.

“One terrorist has at least three to four OGWs for logistic support. The OGWs are the part of terror network,” he said and said that there might be “more OGWs of hybrid type like school and college going.”

“However, he is a killer and it is a less known reality that they are killers not innocent. Our action will continue. People do not want to see reality,” he said.

NO ACTIVE MILITANT LEFT IN SRINAGAR, MILITANCY AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL

The DGP claimed that there was no active militant left in Srinagar.

“As such, no active terrorist is left in Srinagar. However, we always have a hybrid kind of terrorist available who has ordinary looks like a civilian. But he is involved with terrorists as associate and picks up weapon for committing some offence as and when task is given to him,” DGP said.

He further said, “We are always on the lookout for such hybrid elements to identify them. We have already identified many of them and taken action against big numbers.”

He claimed that the militancy was at the lowest level in the last several years.

“The figure of terrorists is at the lowest level in the last several years and they will further be reduced,” he said.

He said that the security forces including J&K Police killed more than 20 militants following targetted killings in Kashmir.

“Every terrorist, who was involved in civilian killings has been eliminated excluding one namely Basit of Kulgam, who is also responsible for killing of non-locals and locals,” he added.

He further said, “We are searching for him.”

He, however, advised the people to work fearlessly in Kashmir as the security forces were working to provide them a safe environment.

BHATA-DHURIAN OPERATION STILL IN PROGRESS

In reply to a question whether militants were using apps to communicate among themselves, the DGP said, “It is not a new thing. They use different techniques to communicate among themselves (handlers and militants). It is not surprising. However, surprising is that Pakistan is trying all possible efforts to increase infiltration. However, our border grid is strong enough to foil such attempts and in future too, we will foil such attempts.”

He said that some infiltration attempts remained successful and militants were killed by the security forces in different encounters, including two encounters in Baramulla, an encounter near Gurez –Bandipora etc.

“We are searching for those who have managed to come in after the infiltration. But I must tell you that the security grid is strong and working to foil infiltration bids,” he said.

With regard to Bhata-Dhurian encounter, he said, “This operation is still on and we suspect some presence of terrorists in the area following infiltration. I am sure the troops will be able to neutralize them.”

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