“A bullet does not see who is coming or who it will hit,” said SP Vaid Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir after civilians were killed during clashes between the Army and militants in Kashmir Valley. These young boys and girls were protesters who rushed to an encounter site yesterday and this has made the DGP to appeal to public at large that young boys and girls should stay at home and not come out to sites where bullets are flying.
Indicating how dangerous the situation may turn for all concerned, DGP Vaid said, “Even security forces in an encounter take cover of a vehicle or house.Youths coming to encounter site are committing suicide,” said Vaid. Recently a 15-year-old was killed during an encounter in Pulwana on March 10, police said the boy was part of the stone pelting squad, but his parents said he was a mere bystander.
Similarly a 10-year-old girl was also killed on March 15, when police said that a stray bullets hit the girl. “Lot of provocation is there from the other side, instigating young boys, misleading them to pelt stones and reach the site of encounter,” said the J&K DGP – he was referring to the fact that Pakistan agencies are provoking youths in Kashmir from across the LoC to rush to encounter sites through Whatsapp messages. He said that in spite of great provocation, ‘we have been able to minimise collateral damage and civilian casualties’.
Today a video was released by Hizbul Mujahideen on social media where a masked man threatened Indian cops in the valley. He gave gruesome threats like, they will ‘cut the arms and legs’ of cops who are diligently carrying out their duties. The militants say ‘some 10-12 have been hurting their cause and their names will be displayed on a Facebook page’. In the video militants also set a deadline of 10 days for their orders to be obeyed.