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JAMMU: Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice chief S P Vaid has said that there has been a 90 per cent dip in in­ci­dents of stone­pelt­ing in Kash­mir Val­ley this year as com­pared to the last year and cred­ited the peo­ple of Kash­mir for the im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion.

NIA raids, he said, were not alone re­spon­si­ble for the change in sit­u­a­tion in the Kash­mir Val­ley and main­tained there were mul­ti­ple fac­tors at play in­clud­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion and ac­tion against top mil­i­tant com­man­ders.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice said it was nor­mal to wit­ness 40-50 in­ci­dents of stone­pelt­ing in a day last year.

“(There is) a more than 90 per cent fall in stone pelting in Kash­mir Val­ley (this year) as com­pared to the last is a huge de­crease”, Vaid said here.

“There are weeks when there is not even a sin­gle case of stone pelting while in a day (last year) there used to be more than 50 in­ci­dents tak­ing place.there is a huge change in the mood of peo­ple”, he said.

“It is a huge change. Law and order sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir is for everybody to see, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing in Kash­mir or those deal­ing with it.

“It is eas­ily un­der­stood that there is a huge im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion in Val­ley. There is not even a sin­gle in­ci­dent tak­ing place in the whole day. At times in the whole week, there is no in­ci­dent (of stone-pelting) tak­ing place”, he added.

“Even on Fri­day, where it used to be nor­mal to have 40-50 in­ci­dents of stone pelting in a day (last year), not even a sin­gle in­ci­dent is tak­ing place (this year)”, the DGP said.

Vaid said NIA raids were not alone re­spon­si­ble for a drop in stone-pelting in­ci­dents.

“There are many fac­tors re­spon­si­ble for im­prove­ment in the law and order sit­u­a­tion and de­crease in stone pelting. The im­pres­sion that NIA raids have only im­proved the sit­u­a­tion...i would not agree to it”, DGP said.

“Of course, that (NIA raids) helped, but the main credit goes to the peo­ple of Kash­mir, prob­a­bly they have also re­alised the fu­til­ity of this and dam­ag­ing their own prop­erty and tar­get­ing po­lice which also be­longs to their own so­ci­ety be­sides the fa­tigue fac­tor and ac­tion against top com­man­ders”, he said.

The po­lice chief said there has been an im­prove­ment of the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir due to de­mon­eti­sa­tion, ar­rest of ter­ror sup­port­ers and in­crease in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“At many places, it was mil­i­tancy driven. Be­sides the role of de­mon­eti­sa­tion and many other fac­tors, in­clud­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion against in­sti­ga­tors and slap­ping cases against those who were in­volved in sab­o­tage peace has also con­trib­uted to it.

“There was no sin­gle fac- tor re­spon­si­ble but all of them were in­stru­men­tal in (in dip in stone-pelting and im­prove­ment in sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir)”, he added.apart from these, de­ten­tion un­der the Pub­lic Safety Act also helped, he said.

“I will also give credit to re­sump­tion of po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Slowly po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity has picked up and that also played its role. Af­ter all po­lit­i­cal peo­ple are also play­ing a pos­i­tive role.all these things con­trib­uted to the im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion”, he added. Asked whether the change in sit­u­a­tion has been brought about due to the “iron fist in vel­vet glove” pol­icy, he said “Yes”.

The po­lice chief said there has been a tremen­dous suc­cess as far as “op­er­a­tion all­out” is con­cern. “The credit goes to of­fi­cers and jawans who were work­ing in the fields. There is very good co­or­di­na­tion among po­lice, Army and other se­cu­rity agen­cies”, he said.

“Most of the top lead­er­ship of HM and LET has been neu­tralised ex­cept a few odd. It is a huge huge suc­cess. I think roughly 170 mil­i­tants have been elim­i­nated this year. This is record of last ten years... ex­cept 4 to 5 com­man­ders, rest of com­man­ders have been elim­i­nated”, the DGP said.

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