Sharma’s Visit on Militants’ Hit List: CRPF

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Srinagar—Security forces across Kashmir valley were alert to meet any eventuality as militants might step up violence in view of the maiden visit of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma to the valley.

 “Situation right now in Kashmir is under control but we are alert in view of inputs that militants might  step up their activities, following visit of the Centre’s appointed interlocutor to the valley”, Inspector General of CRPF Ravideep Sahai told reporters here today.

Asked will there be disruption during interlocutor’s visit, he said “There is an input. May be a grenade throwing. May be hit and run attack. There is indication that they may step up violence.”

He said the militants may step up their activities as it has been observed that whenever government takes steps for restoration of peace, they (militants) resort to violence.

In reply to a question on the presence of militants in Srinagar, Sahai said they don’t have a permanent base in Srinagar but have their presence in the outskirts.

Expressing concern over the stone pelting at the encounter sites, he said the stone pelting in the current year has reduced to a large extent, particularly after April. “In March and April, there was heavy stone pelting but then it slowed down gradually,” he said. “By and large, the spontaneous stone-pelting in city from law and order point has reduced to a large extent.”

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