Jammu, November 08 : The Jammu and Kashmir Police is making every effort to strengthen the bond with its people especially the youth and will continue to do so in future too . This was stated by the Director General of Police J&K Shri Dilbag Singh who was Chief Guest on the medal and prize distribution ceremony on the occasion of Kathua Half Marathon “Run for Unity & Run against Drugs” event organized by Kathua Police under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Police Headquarters.
The half marathon event with the theme “Chal Daod Laga” evoked overwhelming response from the people of all walks particularly the children and youth. Over 2000 people had registered themselves for the event which included 108 female participants as well.
Speaking on the occasion, the DGP appreciated the efforts of Kathua Police especially SSP Kathua Dr. Shalinder Mishra and other sponsors for organizing such a successful event. He said that he was delighted to see such a huge response of participants from all walks of life. He thanked all participants particularly the female participants and energetic youth for making the marathon a huge success. Such events spread positivity in the society, which is much needed in present circumstances. He said that the threat of Coronavirus is not over yet and we need to stay fit and healthy to face the challenges posed.
Shri Dilbag Singh said that Jammu and Kashmir Police is making every effort to strengthen the bond with its people especially the youth of Jammu & Kashmir and will continue to do so in future. He advised youth to stay away from drugs and exhorted upon them to adopt good habits in making their surroundings a better place. He appreciated the female participants for making the event more significant and hoped that their participation will encourage other females in taking part in such events in future.
The DGP said that the kind of enthusiasm which he saw in the children and youth who participated in the run was unparalleled. The idea of organizing the sports events in J&K is to make efforts so that our youth stay fit and encourage people to stay away from the menace of drugs, channelizing their energy in a positive direction. He advised the participants to follow all advisories on COVID and health protocols which will not only save them but also others in the civil society.
The DGP thanked all the support partners and media fraternity in making the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir Police a grand success.
The DGP J&K distributed the medals, trophies, and cash prizes among the winners.
Speaking to the media, the DGP said that today’s half marathon event organized by Kathua Police is in continuity to the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir Police who dedicated over a month in arranging various sporting and cultural activities in almost every district for the youth and people of Jammu & Kashmir to induce more positivity and enthusiasm for a better environment for all and providing platforms to the youth to hone their skills and showcase talent to the world around and stay focused on goodness to all and a good life for themselves.
The DGP said that working with the people especially youth and their cooperation, J&K Police and other forces have maintained the peaceful situation in the Union Territory. He said that upcoming Panchayat, BDC and DDC elections will be conducted in a secure environment with the support of the general people.
He said that J&K Police have met every challenge in the past and hoped that along with other security forces we will hold the elections successfully. The present security situation in the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is much secure and every attempt shall be made to make it more secure, he added.
The DGP said that continuous firing on the LoC and IB from the Pakistan side shows the evil intention of that country to create disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir. However, our forces on the border are giving befitting reply to the provocations of Pakistan, he said. The DGP said that tunnels are being detected in the border areas for some time now and Pakistan is making every possible attempt to push terrorists of JeM and LeT using these tunnels in our side but our forces are capable enough to thwart all ill designs of Pakistan.
The DGP said that Jammu and Kashmir Police and other forces have maintained a sympathetic attitude towards our local youth who under pulls and pressures of Pak-sponsored terrorism joined terrorist ranks but later chose to leave the path of violence and destruction. About half a dozen terrorists surrendered during live encounters in the past over a month reposing trust in the J&K Police and other security forces. He said that about two dozen youth have already shun the path of violence and are making good living with their parents and family. During live encounters surrendering of terrorists shows the trust which J&K Police along with other forces has built. He appealed the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to stay away from social crimes, violence, drugs etc. and advised them to make use of their energy in positive direction.
Early in the morning IGP Jammu Zone Shri Mukesh Singh flagged off the 21Km half marathon and the other three categories that included 10 kms, 5 kms and 2 kms were flagged off by the DIG JSK range Shri Vivek Gupta. Hundreds of students, youth and people from all walks of life had lined up at Sports Stadium Kathua for their participation in the event.
In his address, SSP Kathua Dr Shalinder Mishra thanked the DGP for gracing the occasion and boosting the morale of JKP Personnel in general and youth of Kathua in particular. He said that without the support, guidance, and encouragement from the Police Headquarters it would be impossible for organizing such a huge event. He also thanked all officers of J&K Police, volunteers, sports lovers and all other individuals and organisations involved for their support in organizing this mega event.
The winners of different events were honoured with cash prizes and medals by DGP, J&K. Kulbir Singh stood 1st in the 10 km category and was presented with the cash prize of Rs.15,000, Balbir Kumar got 2nd place and was presented cash prize of Rs.10,000, Pinkay Kumar got 3rd prize with cash of Rs. 5,000.
In Half Marathon (21 Kms) category Sunil Choudhary was adjudged 1st and was awarded cash prize of Rs.25,000, Hans Raj got 2nd position and was presented a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and Balvinder Singh got 3rd position and was presented a cash prize of Rs.10,000.
In addition, medals alongwith cash prizes were also distributed among participants (Men / Women) who completed 10 Kms and 21 Kms category.
On the occassion Shri Mukesh Singh IGP Jammu Zone, Shri Vivek Gupta, DIG JSK/ RP range, Shri O.P. Bhagat, DC Kathua, Shri Ramnish Gupta, Addl SP Kathua along with other dignitaries were present. (PTK)
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