‘Police Exercised Restraint’

SRINAGAR: A police spokesperson on Thursday claimed that “despite firing by militants” from among the demonstrators, security forces exercised maximum restraint to avoid civilian causalities in south Kashmir district of Kulgam last evening.

A press release issued by JKP spokesperson early this morning said, “last evening an unlawful assembly of stone pelters and miscreants were pelting stones, and also hurling petrol bombs upon security personnel deployed for maintenance of law and order at Yaripora, Kulgam.”

“Some militants who were part of the mob started firing indiscriminately on security personnel from the mob,” the JKP spokesperson claimed. “Assessing the situation and particularly taking into account the safety of civilian lives the personnel deployed responded to the situation with exemplary restraint and in a calibrated manner.”

“Instead of firing back immediately militants were chased away into an orchard and search operation launched,” the statement added.

“District police Kulgam advises youth of Kulgam not to accompany terrorists in such gatherings where collateral fire may cause unfortunate death of anyone.”

Meanwhile, the statement further said, Director General of police has expressed grief over the death of three civilians in security force firing during demonstration in Badgam district, where a militant was killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter on March 28.

He advised people “to avoid assembling in the area where encounter between militants and security forces would take place”. “I appeal to parents to prevent their children from going to encounter site,” he said.


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