Protesters Tried To Save Militant: CRPF

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SRINAGAR: Reacting to the killing of the three civilians in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, para military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday said that protesting youth resorted to intense stone-pelting and sloganeering with a clear motive to save the trapped militant in the house.

“We were attacked with stones and iron pieces. The attack was intense and it aimed at to obstruct our operation. We were forced to use ‘minimum’ force to disperse protesters near encounter site,” DIG CRPF for South Sanjay Kumar told news agency CNS claiming that 55 CRPF personnel and 20 local policemen were injured during clashes with protesters.

“During any encounter people move towards the site to save the militants. It is a dangerous trend and we are forced to use tear-smoke shells and pellets,” he said.

“Army Chief of India had already asked people to stay away from encounter sites and now we also appeal them not to obstruct our operations against militants. When they obstruct our operation, we have to use force,” Kumar said.

‘No Lessons Learnt From 2016’

A day after the three civilians were killed in Chadoora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the National Conference on Wednesday said that the continuous civilian killings in the valley seems that the government has learnt no lesson from 2016 unrest.

NC General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the government has learnt no lesson from the 2016 unrest. “The civilian killing’s that goes unabated in the Valley clearly indicates that the government has learnt no lesson from the last year’s (2016) unrest. I believe that the civilian killings were avoidable. The civilians must not be involved in the anti-militancy operations. The killings are bound to trigger protests in the Valley,” Sagar said.

He said that the government is itself deteriorating the situation in the Valley. “One fails to understand that why the government fails to stop the civilian killings in the Valley. Despite tall claims of the government about bringing the local militants back, the civilian killings are still ongoing in the Valley,” he added.

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