In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said that normalcy is returning to Kashmir and Pakistan sponsored terrorist organisations are frustrated about it. He has also urged the people refusing to believe the fact that normalcy has indeed returned to Kashmir to visit the valley and see for themselves.
Speaking about the situation in Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said, "Pakistan sponsored terrorist organisations and the agencies working on behalf of the country are frustrated. They have been trying to disturb the peace and the normalcy prevailing in Kashmir. They cannot tolerate it. That why they lobbed a grenade in the crowded BG market of Hari Singh highstreet and injured around 40 people. The attack claimed life of an outsider, while the injured were mostly locals. Similar attacks have taken place earlier. Such acts demonstrate their desperation in trying to disturb peace prevailing in the valley."
"I think those who do not believe that the situation in Kashmir is normal, must visit the valley and see it for themselves. The shops are open, roads are jammed with traffic. They should realise that people are yearning for peace, and normalcy is returning. This has frustrated Pak sponsored terrorism, " he added.
Dilbag Singh also refuted 'manhandling' claims made by PDP supremo Mehbooba Mufti's daughter and Sajad Lone's JKPC. Calling the allegations "absolutely baseless", he added that a "normal security procedure" was being followed for the detained leaders.
He said, "Not only the police officers who are handling the security of the people who have been kept in custody are responsible, but staff who are assisting them are also competent. During the course of transfer from one place to another, it was alleged that some of them were manhandled. The claim is absolutely false. Nothing of that sort has happened."
Earlier, the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, through her mother's Twitter handle, asserted that JKPC chief Sajjad Lone, PDP leader Waheed Para, and former IAS officer Shah Faesal were manhandled by the police on Sunday, while they were being moved to another government facility.
On Monday, PDP Rajya Sabha Parliamentarians Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway staged a protest outside the Parliament premises on Monday against the revocation of the special status bestowed upon the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Holding placards against the abrogation of Article 370, the two PDP MPs condemned the detentions of mainstream political leaders. "Bring back normalcy in Kashmir. UT status not acceptable," read one of the placards, while another said, "Detentions are no solution."