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Srinagar, March 12: The opening ceremony of 71st B.N. Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Championship was held at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar today. The event was declared open jointly by Director General of Police, J&K Shri Dilbag Singh and Director IB, New Delhi Shri Tapan Kumar Deka who is also the Chairman of All India Police Sports Control Board, New Delhi.

Commandant General HG/CD/SDRF J&K, Dr. B. Srinivas, Spl DG CID J&K, Shri R. R. Swain, Spl DG Crime J&K, Shri A. K. Choudhary, MD Police Housing/DG Prison Shri Deepak Kumar, ADsGP Shri SJM Gillani, Dr SD Singh Jamwal, Shri Mukesh Singh, Shri M.K Sinha, Shri Sunil Kumar and Shri Vijay Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer J&K Shri PK Pole, IGsP Shri Nitish Kumar, Shri B S Tuti, Shri M N Tiwari, Shri Vikramjeet Singh and, Secretary Youth Services & Sport, J&K, Shri Sarmad Hafeez, DIsG Shri Sujit Kumar, Shri Vivek Gupta, Ms Sarah Rizvi,  Shri Imtiaz Ismail, Shri Shahid Mehraj, Shri Rakesh Bhalwal, SSP Srinagar, all JKAP/IRP Commandants of Kashmir and a large of sports enthusiast witnessed the opening ceremony function. Khadi & Village Chairperson Ms Hina Bhat, Mayor SMC Junaid Azam Matoo, DDC Chairperson Aftab Malik also graced the occasion.

Shri Tapan Kumar Deka addressing the function said that it is indeed a matter of great privilege for him to witness the opening ceremony of the championship , for which he expressed his gratitude to DGP J&K and the Organising Committee for the opportunity. He said that All India Police Sports Control Board organises 40 events in 18 clusters across the country in a year in which 13000 Policemen sportspersons participate adding that it is a matter of great satisfaction that popularity and participation of these events has witnessed an exponential increase and has provided a platform to excel the performances due to which many Policemen now have won medals at National and International levels. Paying tribute to the Shri B N Mullik, he said that this Football championship is named after him as he was a great dynamic leader and a visionary. Shri Tapan Kumar congratulated J&K Police for conducting the event in a befitting manner. He said that J&K Police has remained on the forefront in protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the country. He said that this platform provides opportunities to different forces to interact, to share experiences and to strengthen personal as well as professional bonding. He advised participants to play the game with sportsman spirit and wished them good luck.

DGP J&K, in his address, thanked Director IB for gracing the event and said that his presence in the opening ceremony has been a very encouraging factor for the participants. He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police has so far organised 14 events of this stature and this is the third occasion that All India Football Championship is being hosted by JK Police and before this, J&K Police has also hosted its 49th and 66th editions. HE further said that JK Police has organised events in almost every sports category including hockey, water sports, golf etc. 

While welcoming all the participating teams of the event, DGP said that besides fighting for the title, this is a great opportunity for the players to see and enjoy the nature and culture of this beautiful valley. Underling the similarities of football and good policing, DGP said that power, discipline and control is common and important for both to achieve the desired results.

He said that J&K is progressing towards peace and prosperity adding that youth of JK has rejected the path of “goli and grenade” and are overwhelmingly participating in positive activities like sports and other cultural activities. He was, however, quick in cautioning the youth about the conspiracy of anti-peace elements and appealed them to remain beware of these conspirators whole only motto is to disturb peace in this beautiful valley.