The director general of police Dilbag Singh Wednesday urged the police force to deal strictly with "elements involved in radicalisation of youth and pushing them towards militancy".
Addressing police personnel at the district police lines Baramulla, Singh impressed upon them to "strive harder to maintain peace and order in the state". The DGP directed the police officers to identify and book persons involved in "radicalisation of youth and pushing them towards militancy", a police spokesman said in a statement.
Singh was accompanied by Kashmir range inspector general of police, Swyam Prakash Pani.
"The DGP, while interacting with the police personnel, complimented them for the appreciations and the laurels they have brought in the fight against militancy," the statement read, adding: "The efforts and achievements of J&K police have been recognised at the highest levels of the government. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praises on the J&K police during the DGP's conference in Gujarat."
Singh said the Baramulla police have "created an island of peace, with no active surviving militant in the district".
"It has come as a big relief to the people," he said, adding that "police and army need to create more such islands of peace in other parts of Kashmir so that violence against innocent people by militants comes to an end and a sustainable peace prevails in the state, where the young children and students could think of their studies and careers".
Singh urged the policemen to ensure that "while they deal firmly with anti-national and anti-social elements, due respect is given to the innocent people". "The police should be fair and impartial while enforcing law and should deal with any kind of disturbance and violence firmly and strongly by lawful means," he said.
The state and central governments have taken all required welfare measures for which the police department is grateful, Singh said, adding: "This must motivate all ranks of the police to bring upon further improvement in their working".
Earlier, Singh yesterday alleged that Pakistan was using social media to radicalise Kashmir youths and running disinformation campaigns against India.
Pakistan was cooking false stories to entice young minds into militant activities, Singh had alleged.
"Pakistan, after launching and promoting a proxy war in the state, is using social media for radicalisation and undertaking disinformation campaigns against our country," he said.
Pakistan was continuously abetting and sustaining militancy in our Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
A group of officers from foreign armed forces and civil services on national security and strategic studies tour to the state Tuesday visited police headquarters at Jammu and called on the DGP.