Police Mapping Kashmir Conflict, SM Sahai Says

Bilal Handoo

SRINAGAR

SM Sahai speaking during a press briefing in Srinagar. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)
SM Sahai speaking during a press briefing in Srinagar. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

Stating that police is rising above conventional policing by creating an informal platform to deal with societal matters, SM Sahai ADGP Armed J&K Thursday said police is mapping the Kashmir conflict.

Police is documenting the conflict with the help of its NGO, ISLA (Institution of Studies, Learning and Analysis)—registered with Registrar of Societies, J&K Government and promoted by J&K Police.

The same NGO had prepared a report on perceptions of people towards police, Sahai said during a press briefing in IG office. “But the report was damaged in the September floods last year. Now, we are reworking on it and will make it public soon.”

While stating that ISLA is working on number of societal issues, the ADGP said, “Police is also working to record conflict in Kashmir and all its facets.” It is said the study is focusing on rehabilitation, identifying instigating factors drawing youth to militancy, youth engagement, and other factors.

Terming ISLA as the “think tank” aiming at to initiate constructive dialogue among different stakeholders for studying the societal issues, Sahai said the patron of the NGO is former DGP J&K Police, Kuldeep Khoda. “It is headed by DGP J&K, K Rajendra Kumar, me as Director and IGP Kashmir SJM Gillani as Vice-president,” he said.

The same NGO has studied the traffic in JK’s twin capital cities through drones. “The documentary that has been prepared will be shown during the seminar so that all the stakeholders get an idea of the traffic in J&K and the problems that lead to frequent congestion,” he said. ISLA, Sahai said, has roped in state and non-state actors, experts for a seminar on ‘Traffic Management in J&K’ being organised in mid-October in Srinagar.

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