Now Curbs in 3 Km Radius of Encounter Sites to Stop People

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BARAMULLA: District Magistrate Baramulla, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash has imposed Section 144 of CrPC within a radius of 3 Km from any counter insurgency operation site, falling within the jurisdiction of the district.

In case of any exigency, the local population can seek the assistance from the district administration or police. These restrictions shall not apply to the movement of ambulances, medical staff and government employees. This order shall remain in force for a period of 60 days, an official spokesperson said.

The order follows recent death of three civilians in Central Kashmir’s Chadoora area where residents threw themselves between security forces and a lone trapped militant.

Some 15 civilians have died and 100 others injured in past 12 months in similar incidents. 

GOI Sees Pakistan Hand

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India and said “cross-border terrorist groups” in Jammu and Kashmir egged youths to stone security forces.

“Not only the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the terrorists are trying to destabilise the whole country through their cowardice acts,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.

“The whole country is aware of this act of Pakistan. Our security forces are responding to them the way it is needed,” he added.

Singh’s response came after Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy raised the issue during Zero Hour.

Responding, Rajnath Singh said: “a new trend has begun in Kashmir. When our security forces go to villages in search of terrorists, the youths of the region start pelting stones on security forces.

“Such stone pelters are being misled by Pakistan-sponsored forces.

“Groups operating from Pakistan use Facebook and social media platforms to arrange these crowds,” he said.

The minister appealed to the youths of Kashmir “not to be misled by anti-national forces”.

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