Large presence of IS in J&K ruled out

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SRINAGAR: Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, Wednesday ruled out any large presence of Islamic State (IS) group in Kashmir, but claimed that the youth are being radicalized through its ideology.
Speaking at a news conference here at Police Control Room (PCR), Singh said: “In the past also, carrying those (IS) flags and displaying them publicly to show that there is a very large presence of such elements…we would again say that presence (of IS) is not that big but the fact that people are being radicalised on those lines that can’t be denied.”

The DGP said that some elements were making serious efforts to radicalise a section of the youth to the extent possible. “Kashmir civil society has been as such an open society, a very secular kind of culture where we extend due respect to our places of worship. Such efforts had been made at various quarters and their expression has been seen in the kind of activities we saw other day (at Jamia Masjid),” he said.
Singh said that the youth being killed on the path of militancy is painful. He said that last year 252 militants were killed by the security forces in 97 operations in which 83 witnessed no collateral damage. He, however, said that in rest of the operations some precious lives were lost.
He said that 91 civilians were killed last year while 44 among them were killed by militants and 38 lost their lives near encounter sites. “I once again appeal to the youth that life is very precious and it should not be lost like this. Police and other security forces have always exercised maximum restraint and now we will once again appeal them to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with the situation”, he said. Forty five policemen, 9 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and 30 Army men were also killed in the year.
The DGP said it is always painful when the youth who have picked up arms are killed in operations. “The killing of youth who have picked up arms is not appreciable at all,” he said, adding that killing militants is a success but at the same times losing lives is painful and cannot be a thing to be celebrated.