As India, Pakistan clash on cricket pitch, DGP asks cops to stay alert in J&K

“There have been instances in the past that students indulged in ransacking and even resorted to anti-national sloganeering during such matches,” DGP Rajendra said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: February 15, 2015 2:21:09 am

Thousands of miles away from Adelaide, the India-Pakistan cricket clash is keeping J-K Police on tenterhooks. DGP K Rajendra has sent a secret missive to police officers, instructing them to “ensure that no untoward incident” takes place.

“There have been instances in the past that students indulged in ransacking and even resorted to anti-national sloganeering during such matches,” DGP Rajendra said in his missive. “All necessary precautionary measures are required to be taken in consideration of the past incidents coupled with fresh ground assessment.”

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The secret message sent on Saturday, a copy of which was accessed by The Sunday Express, has been issued in the wake of the past history of tension during India-Pakistan cricket matches. The missive makes a mention of some of these incidents, including the one at a Police Training School in Kathua when policemen supporting India and Pakistan cricket team clashed during a match in 2012.

The missive has directed police officers to sensitise college and university administration, intensify patrolling and devise proper strategy.

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