April 2017 News

Police Earn Rare Praise For Saving The Situation In Kashmir

24 April 2017

Srinagar: Battle-hardened Jammu and Kashmir police earned a rare praise from the local people for exercising restraint while dealing with the stone-pelting mobs of students in Srinagar on Monday. Twelve personnel, including Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail Parray, and some journalists were injured in the stone pelting by the masked students in Srinagar's nerve centre of Lal Chowk on Monday . Soon after the schools and colleges reopened after being shut for a week, the students took to streets in Srinagar's nerve centre to lead the march. Shouting pro-azaadi slogans they pelted stones on the police and security forces detachments. Police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons to disperse the mob. Police also fired some smoke shells. Unfazed by the heavy police presence, the students, armed with canes and sticks, came out of the campus and mounted on their jeeps and tried break the wind shields. Despite grave provocation, security forces maintained calm in order to avoid casualties which could have a cascading effect on the already volatile situation in the Valley. Police said students were attending classes normally in SP School and Government Women's College at MA Road, Srinagar when some miscreants from different places entered its premises and created disturbances. 'The miscreants along with some students blocked MA road because of which hundreds of vehicles got stranded on this ever busy road and adjacent chowks. Police and security forces personnel reached the spot but they came under heavy stone pelting. Many police and security forces personnel were injured,' said a police spokesman. Police said the stone pelting created panic in the area after which many shopkeepers closed their shops. 'Miscreants and the students pelted stones on Traffic Headquarters and attacked police vehicles with stones clubs and lathies. Police showed utmost restraint. Twelve personnel including three officers were injured in the stone pelting,' he said. Police said some boys involved in stone pelting were caught on the spot and detained. 'Parents are requested to advise their wards not to indulge in stone pelting and other such activities which create disorder in the schools and on the roads,' he said. The restrain observed by the cops earned a rare praise from the general public. 'Had police lost their cool there would have been casualties. They took the brunt, but saved the situation from going out of control,' said a local shopkeeper.