Nefarious design to destroy DPS buildings: DGP

SRINAGAR: Director General of Police S P Vaid today has said the enemy has nefarious designs to destroy school buildings in the Valley so that children abandon their studies. The top cop said his men want to ensure minimum collateral damage.
Earlier speaking to the media on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of a CRPF officer killed in the attack by militants Dr Vaid said “The enemy has a nefarious design that the school buildings are destroyed and children have nothing to study and ultimately abandon their studies, which we will ensure that no such thing happens,” the state police chief said. “The staff and whoever were inside the building were evacuated yesterday. Cordon was maintained and we will have room intervention done and get these terrorists eliminated, but with minimum collateral damage.
“We want to ensure that the (school) building is safe, because the enemy has a nefarious design that the school buildings are destroyed and children have nothing to study and ultimately abandon their studies, which we will ensure that no such thing happens,” he told reporters here.
The militants had taken refuge inside the school premises and the DGP said the operation to flush out the militants was prolonged because of the size of the building.
“There are 36 rooms, the building is huge. So, it has to be searched floor by floor, room by room,” he said, adding the building where the militants are holed up has been located.
Asked whether the security forces were using drone cameras and other hi-tech gadgets to help flush out the militants, the top cop said, “We will use whatever equipment we have”.
The militants had entered into the premises of the DPS Srinagar last evening after carrying out an attack on CRPF personnel deployed on road opening duty near the school on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The authorities had imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC from Ram Munshibagh to Sempora stretch of the national highway as a precautionary measure to avoid protests near the encounter site.
The mobile internet services have been affected across the valley as the network speeds have been reduced. PTI