With Shivratri just few days away, the Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir have called for bandh on the day of the festival, a report by Times Now has said. As per reports, police have also asked people to maintain peace in the state ahead of the festival. The police personnel in the meantime, have been deployed in several parts of Jammu and have been asked to remain extra vigilant.
They have also been asked to perform foot patrolling. In the advisory, the police have also asked the police to cooperate at frisking points. The people have also been asked not to touch any abandoned object and inform the police if any uspicious person or object is seen in the area. On Friday, clashes erupted in Srinagar just days after the warning of army chief Bipin Rawat. The protests broke out after the Friday prayers as the youngsters waved the ISIS flags. This incident took place near Jama Masjid in Srinagar after the prayers were over and people were captured raising Pakistan’s flag and also pelted stones.
While giving an interview on Wednesday, army chief Bipin Rawat said, ““Those who obstruct our operations during encounters and are not supportive will be treated as overground workers of terrorists.” He gave these remarks after paying tribute to the army jawans who martyred in an encounter with terrorists in J&K on Tuesday. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid homage the soldiers, including a Major, who were martyred in two separate encounters.
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This statement didn’t go well with the other political parties who criticised Bipin Rawat for having the same stand against everyone. However, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has come in support of army chief General Bipin Rawat and said that his recent warning to stone pelters in Kashmir was justified. Speaking to ‘India Today’ he said that not all Kashmiris are terrorists and locals were never treated as jihadis.
(With inputs from PTI)