Joint strategy to ensure peace during summer

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said it has put in place a joint strategy to ensure peace during the summer months so that tourism could flourish.

"We hope that the Valley will observe violence free summers this year. Our endeavour is also to have peaceful summer. We have geared up to tackle the situation. We want people to have minimum in inconvenience. we want tourism to flourish," J&K DGP Kuldeep Khoda told reporters here outside the Assembly.

"We want that businessmen, traders, Taxi operators, Houseboat operators to not suffer and tourism to get a boost as it has already suffered too much due to last year`s Kashmir unrest," he said.

The DGP said there were "some vested elements who are out to trigger violence, demonstration and protests" and force was being used at some places depending on the situation.

Referring a question on the use of non-lethal weapons by police he said, "I along with Home Secretary, visited BSF Academy, Tikanpur in Haryana to access the first hand knowledge of modifications in non-lethal weapons like tear gas shells, smoke shells, and laser guns.

"We have suggested them for modification in tear-smoke grenades, sten grenades and other grenades in order to avoid any casualty. We hope to get the modified version soon."

On the increase in narco-terrorism, he said that it was an old issue and "it is not increasing".

Referring to wages of SPOs, Khoda said, "The government has already sent a proposal for increasing their wages" and 30000 vacancies of SPOs have been sanctioned to J&K.