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Published on August 7th, 2019 📆 | 4280 Views ⚑


A few stone pelting incidents in Valley

NEW DELHI: A day after the NDA government initiated the abrogation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and bifurcation of the state, about 10 incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar and Awantipora in south Kashmir, officials said.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday and discussed the internal and external security situation. The state government has decided to relax curfew during Friday prayers, officials said.

Doval asked the state administration to ensure availability of essential food supplies and emergency assistance on priority. “Give top priority to people’s concerns and seek support of locals to ensure there are no untoward incidents,” NSA told officials.

Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah of the National Conference and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, as well as People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone, remained incommunicado after they were detained in Srinagar on Monday evening. The curfew-like situation affected normal life for many Kashmiris amid restrictions and heavy security deployment.

The stone pelting at security forces took place in the backdrop of the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which prevents the assembly of more than four people at a place, from Sunday night. Officials said no security force personnel were injured in the incidents, nine of which took place in Srinagar. The deployment of troops in J&K precautionary, not because the situation has deteriorated but to prevent a deterioration of law and order, Shah said in Lok Sabha.

Echoing him, the official said “the intensity of these incidents was very low… we could disperse them by firing a few tear gas shells. These incidents were symbolic in nature. They were done to show a response to the changes made in J&K.” Another official said Pakistan would attempt to incite violence in Kashmir. Pakistan has intensified efforts to increase the number of terrorists at launch pads along the Line of Control, initiating ceasefire violations and pushing infiltrators across, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said on Tuesday.

An infiltration attempt by a group of five to six persons was foiled in the Machhal sector on Tuesday afternoon. An Indian soldier was injured. Another infiltration attempt by four to five people was thwarted in the Uri sector. The group left behind a few AK assault rifles, 13 grenades, three pistols and some rounds of ammunition on the Indian side. Officials said their aim likely was to provide arms and ammunition to terrorists operating in the hinterland.

Singh chaired a meeting of the core group of intelligence and security agencies in Srinagar to review the operational readiness for any contingency. While chances of rioting in the days ahead are low, Singh said security forces are deployed at key points and prepared for crowd control, law and order situations and counter-terrorist operations.

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