Stone pelting incidents gone down significantly: DGP

Stone pelting incidents gone down significantly: DGP

Srinagar: Asserting that stone pelting incidents have gone down significantly in Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid on Friday lauded people for their help in restoring peace in the valley.
“The stone pelting incidents have gone down. I don’t have figure with me right now… but now even a week passes by without any incident. The stone pelting has come down significantly,” Dr Vaid told reports on the sideline of the inauguration of 15th Martyrs memorial football tournament here on Friday.
“I must thank people for their support. The support of people, besides efforts put in by security forces, helped in bringing down such incidents,” he said.
Reacting to reports that posters have come up at Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama warning people not the send their children to participate in sporting events organised by security forces, Dr Vaid said such things were tied in the past as well, but didn’t find any takers.
Talking about the motive behind organizing such sporting events, he said such tournaments help youth to showcase their talent and also helps them to keep away from drugs and other anti-social activities.
The DGP further said that three new Astroturf fields will be developed in Kashmir valley – one each in Srinagar, Awantipora in south and Handwara in north Kashmir — for budding footballers.
“Ministry of Home Affairs has promised us that funds for three more Astroturf fields in Kashmir valley with the facility of floodlit so that players can play even till late in the evening. One each will be constructed in Srinagar, Awantipora in south Kashmir and Handwara in north Kashmir,” he added.
He said the tournament is being organized after a gap of four years due to devastating floods in 2014 and unrest in Kashmir.