Following Army Chief’s Warning, J&K Govt Issues Fresh Advisory On Encounters

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued fresh advisory on encounters in Kashmir and asked civilians to stay away from the sites to avoid any damage during anti-militancy operations. Earlier district authorities on Thursday had also asked the same and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of 3 kms from such sites in three districts.

“District Administrations of Srinagar, Budgam and Shopian advised people not to move towards or assemble near the places where encounters take place between security forces and militants to avoid loss and injuries to precious human lives,” an official spokesman said.

“Prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter-insurgency operation in these districts,” the spokeman added.

However the restrictions shall not apply to the movement of ambulances, medical, paramedical staff and government employees, he said.

The decision came a day after the Army Chief said the civilians who indulge in stonepelting during counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir would be treated as anti-nationals and dealt with accordingly. Gen Rawat’s warning came in the wake of an incident in Bandipora where the soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up in a house.

It evoked a mixed response with Rijiju defending his move and J&K main opposition National Conference dubbed the decision as tragic.