Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday praised Jammu and Kashmir Police, saying he has no words to describe their bravery.
Addressing a ‘Darbar’ (gathering) of local policemen at the district police lines in south Kashmir Anantnag district, he said: “You are discharging your duties under extremely difficult conditions, and even the Prime Minister has appreciated your services and bravery.
“You are working for the safety of the people of J&K, you don’t have anything to do with politics.
“There are militants who only want militancy while they claim to be fighting for making Kashmir a ‘Jannat’ (Heaven).
“But it is the local policemen and CRPF jawans who actually want to make Kashmir a real heaven”, Singh said.
He said the nation would always remember the sacrifices made by Abdul Rashid, Assistant Sub-Inspector of police (ASI), and constable Imtiyaz Ahmad.
“I can’t bear the tearful face of his daughter, Zohra.
“Yesterday, another cop Imtiyaz was killed by militants.
“JKP cops are giving sacrifice for Kashmir, for the country and for Kashmiris, but it is unfortunate that people are not ready to understand it.”
ASI Rashid Ahmad was killed by militants in Anantnag town on August 28 this year while he was doing routine duties.
Constable Imtiyaz Ahmad was killed and two other policemen injured on Saturday in a hit and run attack at the Anantnag bus stand.
The Home Minister said it was only the local police that can help normalize the situation in Kashmir.
Reiterating that he has come to meet anyone with open mind, Singh said, “Magar Kashmir ko deshatgardi say najaat dilao (But please rid Kashmir of terrorism).”
He said he must be the only union Home Minister who visited J&K four times every year.
“We have allotted funds for opening of a trauma centre and purchase of bullet proof vehicles for personnel of J&K police,” he announced.
The Minister’s address was followed by a question-answer session.
He is also addressing troops of CRPF at Khanabal camp in Anantnag district.