'Kashmir Stone-pelters Funded By Pakistan'25 October 2010
Srinagar: Kashmir stone-pelters were funded by Pakistan, says the outgoing Director General of the CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir, as interlocutors prepare to talk to all sections. The DG of the CRPF, says stone pelting in the Valley was multi-dimensional and even had large scale monetary support of across the border. Stone-pelters are a common sight on the streets of Kashmir over the last three months. Security forces are now saying these stone pelting protests are neither purely local nor sporadic but funded in a big way from across the border. 'There are intercepts which prove that there is support from outside and money comes from across which is paid to stone-pelters,' said Special DG CRPF NK Tripathi. Earlier, the Union Home Minister had said that the stone-pelters had support of Pakistan and even terrorist outfits like Laskar-e-Toiba, but local opinion was that most of the protests were spontaneous. Later, even Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a change of stance, had described the stone-pelters as leaderless youth. But security forces, say ulterior motives cannot be ruled out. This year, agitations could even spill over to the winters. The greater concern, however, is the visit of US President Barack Obama to India next month (November). 'The separatist have tasted this sort of authority on the masses. There maybe sporadic incidents in winter. They have talked about this visit and saying security forces are trying to suppress,' said NK Tripathi And so even though there is now a lull in the stone pelting, for security forces there is little room for either provocation or complacency.