PM endorses 'non-lethal' ways to end JK violence

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Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Aug 26: After Home Minister P Chidambaram, in his inaugural speech at the three-day Conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police, hoped to find a "starting point" to end the cyle of violence in Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, Aug 26 endorsed "non-lethal" methods to salve the violence in the valley.

“We need to revisit standard operating procedures and crowd control measures to deal with public agitations with non-lethal, yet effective and focused measures. We also cannot have an approach of one size fits all," the Prime Minister said while addressing the second-day session of the 45th conference of top cops here.

Stressing on the need to revisit crowd control measures, Dr Singh said, “Despite the curtailment of militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the public order dimension in the state has become a cause of serious concern."

"We need to train our police forces more effectively," the PM said, observing that policing has turned more complex over the years.

These remarks comes in the wake of over 60 civilian deaths in CRPF and police firing in the valley since Jul 11.

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