Kashmir: 51 Personnel Injured in Over 200 Stone-Pelting Incidents

Over 200 stone-pelting incidents have been recorded in the Kashmir Valley since August 5, resulting in injuries to about 51 CRPF and police personnel.

According to the reports available with the home ministry’s control room, miscreants on Tuesday evening hurled two petrol bombs — first at a CRPF camp in Khanyar and second at Nowhatta — when troops were withdrawing from their posts. MHA officials, however, said no major injuries were reported in the incidents.

“The number of incidents and injuries are less than the 2016 agitation. Protesting and stone-pelting crowds have dispersed after a few hours. Tear gas shells have been used to control the situation at a few places. But no major incidents have been reported,” a senior official said.

The official said governor Satya Pal Malik has nominated his advisors for public redressal, both in Jammu and Kashmir, from Monday to Friday. The first redressal will be held this Friday by KK Sharma from 10 am-12 noon at the governor’s grievance cell in Srinagar, according to a J&K government statement.

Meanwhile, the attendance at primary and middle schools that reopened on Wednesday was dismal, officials said, adding that most landline connections have been restored but there are no immediate plans to allow Internet and mobile connectivity.

On Wednesday, a suspected LeT militant was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Baramullah district. A special officer of J&K Police, Bilal Ahmad, also died during the encounter. This was the first operation by Army, J&K Police and CRPF after the abrogation of Article 370. Officials said security forces faced heavy stone-pelting during the encounter. Police later identified the killed terrorist as Momin Gojri (22), a resident of Baramullah. Later in a tweet, Kashmir police said: “Situation in the Valley remained peaceful today. No untoward incident was reported.”

The district commissioners have also reviewed arrangements for the upcoming Muharram-ul-Harram starting September 1.

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