Srinagar, Jul 13: In the backdrop of surge in civilian killings during the encounters between security forces and militants, Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid Friday said that it is painful to see loss of any civilian life and reiterated his appeal to the youth to stay away from encounter cites.
“It is painful to all of us to see loss of any civilian life. A bullet does not know whom it will hit. My appeal to all the young boys is that they should remain at home and not come to encounter sites. They should not pelt stone on security forces,” the DGP said after paying tributes to martyrs of 1931at Naqashband Sahib here in down town.
The DGP maintained that there are strict directions to the security forces to avoid civilian killings. “We have talked to Army, CRPF to ensure that no harm is done to the civilians during the encounters with militants,” he maintained.
He said that in an encounter, even security forces and police take cover of a bulletproof vehicle or a house. “Youth storming the encounter sites are committing suicide,” the DGP said.
The DGP urged the youth to think about the families of those who lost their lives in the firing near the encounter site. “Think of the mother, father, sister or brother of those youth. People soon forget those who died. Their families suffer the most. We all would be doing our jobs,” he said.
He added that they are taking measures to avoid such things, including preventing people from holding demonstration near encounter cites.
He said that people must understand that the security forces are their own brothers and are fighting militancy to restore peace in the valley. (KNS)