April 2018 News

Tough Situation In Shopian: CRPF

1 April 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Awantipora: A senior security forces officer on Sunday said stone-throwing and law and order at gunfight sites was increasing, especially in south Kashmir's Shopian district. Inspector General (IG), Operations, CRPF, Kashmir, Zulfiqar Hassan on Sunday said there was an 'unprecedented law and order situation in Shopian', where 13 militants, three Army men and four civilians were killed in two anti-militancy operations. Hassan appealed to the people to stay away from encounter sites. At least 80 persons were injured during clashes in Shopian as protesters tried to march towards the encounter sites to help the militants escape. 'There was a design to help the terrorists. What we want to make clear is that our operation will not stop because some people under the influence of anti-nationals go there to disturb the operation. We will handle the crowd with restraint but at the same time, we will not shy away from taking strict action,' the CRPF IG said at a joint press conference at the Army's Awantipora headquarters in Pulwama district. The IG said anyone could get killed or hurt in such situations. 'At the encounter site, you have heavily armed terrorists firing in all directions. Anybody can get killed and anybody can get hurt, which has happened today. We see a trend in recent past of stone-throwing and law and order at encounter sites increasing, especially in Shopian. My request to everyone in Shopian is not to come to encounter sites,' Hassan said. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Swayam Prakash Pani also requested the people to cooperate with the police and stay inside their homes and not to come to the encounter sites.