Srinagar: As a part of the celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Jammu and Kashmir Police organized a cycle race “Pedal for Peace” here Friday morning under its Civic Action Programme(CAP). The race was divided into seven different categories wherein 2264 professional & non professional cyclists participated. Special attraction of raffle draw was introduced in the event for the first time. The Director General J& Dilbag Singh and Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) Home Department J&K, Shri R K Goyal graced the occasion at the Flag In presentation ceremony. Special DGs’ R R Swain & A K Choudhary, DG Prison H K Lohia, ADGPs M K Sinha, Sunil Kumar, Danesh Rana, Vijay Kumar, Div Com Kashmir Pandurang K. Pole, IGPs Vikramjit Singh, B S Tuti, DIGs Sujit Kumar,Shahid Mehraj DC Srinagar, SSP Srinagar, AIGs of PHQ, Kashmir based AP/IRP Commandants, officers from civil administration, jurisdictional officers and large number of people witnessed the presentation ceremony. In the morning ADGP Armed J&K SJM Gillani flanked by DIG Armed/IRP Shahid Mehraj and Commandants of Kashmir based Armed as well as IRP battalions flagged off the different categories of cyclists from Lalit Ghat, Police Golf Course, Srinagar.
Speaking on the occasion the DGP expressed his gratitude to the senior officers of Police, Civil administration, people and above all the participants for making today’s event a grand success and bigger as compared to its previous seasons. He congratulated ADGP Armed J&K, his team and other associated teams for organizing this event wholeheartedly and patiently resulting in the participation of large number of senior, young boys and girls cyclists and making this event a big success. Addressing cyclists the DGP said that every pedal you do is changing the scenario of Jammu and Kashmir towards a new milestone of a more peaceful environment. He said that when we get the support and company of people it not only boosts our morale but it feels we are on the same path aiming for the same goal. The path is comfortable now and will be more comfortable in the coming times, he added. Appreciating the participants the DGP said that a lot of hurdles have been crossed adding that remaining hurdles would also be scaled.
The DGP said that J&K Police is organizing a number of events and programmes which are aimed for participation of Police and people together. Whether in uniform or without uniform we are one family and our mission is one that is bright future for our children, safe and secure life for people of all ages adding that our. Referring to the upcoming event of Jashn-e-dal the DGP said that Dal Lake is our pride, Kashmir’s beauty is not talked without Dal lake and it should be our prime responsibility to help in keeping it neat and clean. Referring to the tourist influx this year the DGP said the beauty and the hospitality of Kashmir is the talk of the world again and hoped that it would continue to be top priority of the tourists in the coming time. He said that the cooperation and support Jammu and Kashmir Police is getting from the people will help further in consolidating the prevailing peace. He congratulated the winners of today’s event.
Financial Commission (Additional Chief Secretary) Home Department J&K R K Goyal speaking on the occasion said that he feels extremely happy to be a part of this great event. He said that the events of J&K Police always have a special charm and depict the vibrancy of the department. He said that today’s participants who are of different age groups encourage every one that age is just a number. He congratulated DGP J&K, ADGP Armed and IGP Traffic for supervising and conducting the event in a befitting manner. Organizing such an event on a large scale requires a lot of planning and hard work, he appreciated the team of J&K Police and also participants for making the event a grand success. He hoped that the J&K Police will work towards organizing a cyclothon. He wished good luck to the J&K Police who would organise the All India Police Football tournament very soon and hoped that under the leadership of DGP J&K the tournament would be conducted in a befitting way.
Earlier in his welcome address ADGP Armed J&K Shri SJM Gillani said that Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police is organising a number of sports events adding that every passing year participation is increasing. He said that due to overwhelming response in these events the prize money has been increased to above Rs five lakh in today’s event which will be distributed among more than fifty participants. He said that in the coming two months more events are being organized which includes marathon race, Jashn-e-dal, Martyrs Memorial Football tournament. He informed that J&K Police this year is organising the All India Police Football Tournament in Srinagar.
Speaking to the media the DGP said that the event is catching more participation every passing year adding that the youngest participant of today is 3 year old. The event is organized under J&K Police’s Civic Action Programme wherein people of all ages are taking part, it’s our endeavour to work along with the people for the peace of J&K, the DGP said. He said that such events help in channelizing the energy of youth/ children into positive direction. He said that such events encourage children to achieve their goals in different fields, adding that these events play a very important role in guiding them to stay away from drugs & other paths of destruction, he said. He said the children and youth have suffered in education and growth in the past and with the large participation of them today it feels that the time has changed now. He said that J&K has lost number of people due to the terrorism adding that most of those bad elements responsible for the death & destruction of people of J&K have been neutralised and hoped that those remaining bad elements would be neutralised. He gave credit to the people of Jammu and Kashmir adding that their support & cooperation to the J&K Police has been immense.
On the culmination the DGP J&K, FC (ACS) Home department J&K along with other senior officers distributed the prizes among the winners are:
Senior Men above 17 years (ATB) Professional cyclists 1st prize was bagged by Suhaib Ul Mehraj of Srinagar Chest No.16 ₹50,000/-, 2nd by Zamin Hassan Mirza of Srinagar Chest No.01 ₹30,000/-, 3rd by Ameer Shafi of Srinagar Chest No.17 ₹25,000/-, 4th by Mashooq Maqbool of Baramulla Chest No.07 ₹15,000/-, 5th by Mohmiss Ismail of Budgam Chest No.05 ₹10,000/-, 6TH by Wahid Ahmad of Budgam Chest No.10 ₹2,000/-, 7TH by Mohd Adil of Budgam Chest No.08 ₹2,000/-, 8TH by Adil Teli of Baramulla Chest No.13 ₹2,000/-, 9TH by Mansoor Ahmad of Budgam Chest No.04 ₹2,000/- and 10TH by Mandeep Singh of Amritsar Chest No.20 ₹2,000/-.
Winners among Senior Men above 17 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Dr. Akbar Khan of Budgam Chest No.227 ₹30,000/-, 2nd Adnan Bashir of Sopore Chest No.405 ₹25,000/-, 3rd Anish Dubey of Jammu Chest No.498 ₹20,000/-, 4th Parvez Ahmad of Budgam Chest No.231 ₹15,000/-, 5th Sheikh Saqibul of Budgam Chest No.440 ₹10,000/-, 6TH Sateesh Kumar Bajiya of Jaipur (Rajastan) Chest No.467 ₹2,000/-, 7TH Manav Radha of Jammu, Chest No.291 ₹2,000/-, 8TH Rafiq Ahmad of Kashmir Harvard School Chest No.309 ₹2,000/-, 9TH Moin Nabi of Srinagar. Chest No.380 ₹2,000/- and 10TH Aaqib Rasool of Srinagar Chest no.411 ₹2,000/-.
Winners among Girls above 14 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Priyanka of Haryana Chest No. 840 ₹30,000/-, 2nd Sara of Srinagar Chest No. 808 ₹25,000/-, 3rd Zoobiya Tariq of Srinagar Chest No. 833 ₹20,000/-, 4th Sonal of Amritsar Chest No. 854 ₹15,000/-, 5th Hurmah Shah of Sgr. Chest No. 802 ₹10,000/-, 6th Falak Shabir of Bemina Chest No. 847 ₹2,000/-, 7th Farah Ahad of Srinagar Chest No. 828 ₹2,000/-, 8th Insha Wadoo of Rainawari Chest No. 819 ₹2,000/-, 9th Kulsum Gulzar of Baramulla Chest No. 849 ₹2,000/- and 10th Medeha of Sgr. Chest No. 809 ₹2,000/-.
Winners among Junior (Boys) U/17 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Jahangir Anger of Budgam Chest No. 728 ₹20,000/-, 2nd Mir Bahjiat Nawaz of Lal Bazar Chest No. 665 ₹15,000/-, 3rd Parvez Ahmad of Budgam Chest No. 523 ₹10,000/-, 4th Hilal Ah. Dar of Shalimar Chest No. 680 ₹5,000/-, 5th Younas Ah. of Budgam Chest No. 589 ₹3,000/-, 6th Miyamus Takeen of Barzulla Chest No. 576 ₹1,000/-, 7th Harish Singh of Jammu Chest No. 535 ₹1,000/-, 8th Abay Chodhary of Jammu Chest No. 771 ₹1,000/-, 9th Aashsh Pal Singh of Aloochi Bagh Chest No. 603 ₹1,000/-, and 10th Muntazir Ali of Srinagar Chest No. 598 ₹1,000/-.
Winners among Sub Junior (Boys) U/14 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Arfat Bashir of Baramulla Chest No. 1011 ₹15,000/-, 2nd Ikhlak Hussain of Budgam Chest No. 1102 ₹10,000/-, 3rd Wasif Ahmad of Srinagar Chest No. 1178 ₹5,000/-, 4th Zulfkar Gazanfar of Budgam Chest No. 1109 ₹3,000/-, 5th Mir Towseef of Srinagar Chest No. 1093 ₹2,000/-, 6th Tajamul Rashid of Budgam Chest No. 1224 ₹1,000/-, 7th Atif Ali of Srinagar Chest No. 1335 ₹1,000/-, 8th Sahil Manzoor Chest No. 1369 ₹1,000/-, 9th Eashtaj Singh of Srinagar Chest No. 1060 ₹1,000/- and 10th Munawar Mehdi of Srinagar Chest No. 1055 ₹1,000/-.
Winners among Sub Junior (Girls) U/14 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Yummna Parvaiz of Sgr. Chest No. 1551 ₹15,000/-, 2nd Nabila Khan of Sgr. Chest No. 1587 ₹10,000/-, 3rd Nawreen Zahoor of Ganderbal Chest No. 1575 ₹5,000/-, 4th Syed Hania of Rawalpora Chest No. 1514 ₹3,000/-, 5th Adeeba Jaan of Ganderbal Chest No. 1568 ₹2,000/-, 6th Mehak Ashraf of Ganderbal Chest No. 1581 ₹1,000/-, 7th Muskaan Ashraf of Ganderbal Chest No. 1572 ₹1,000/-, 8th Mehreen of Sgr. Chest No. 1513 ₹1,000/-, 9th Zehra Khurshid of Ganderbal Chest No. 1574 ₹1,000/- and 10th Fatima Wani of Hiltop Edu. Institute Chest No. 1595 ₹1,000/-.
Winners among Veteran (Men) above 40 years (MTB) cyclists 1st Mohd Amin of Sgr. Chest No.1728 ₹5000/-, 2nd Dr. Sheikh Tariq of Lalbazar Sgr. Chest No.1710 ₹4,000/-, 3rd Shabir Ahmad of Sgr. Chest No.1726 ₹3,000/-, 4th Sajad Yousuf of Lalbazar Sgr. Chest No.1715 ₹2,000/- and 5th Nasir Hussain Mir of Srinagar Chest No.1708 ₹1,000/-. Raffle draw winners 1st Prize Cycle amounting to ₹25,000/- was won by Chest No.615 Jr. Boys, 2nd Prize Cycle amounting to ₹16,000/- went to Chest No.1189 and 3rd Prize Cycle amounting to ₹15,000/- went to Chest No.463. Youngest participant was Nabi Arham Khan 3 years old and eldest participant was Mr. Faheeb Ali (Dy SP).