Govt cautions people to stay away from encounter sites

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer A Khan said the advisory has been issued to prevent the loss of civilian lives during encounters.

Umer Maqbool
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 16 2017 11:55PM | Updated Date: Feb 16 2017 11:55PM
Govt cautions people to stay away from encounter sitesFile Photo

Day after Army Chief Bipin Rawat said people creating hurdles during anti-militancy operations in J&K would be dealt as “anti-nationals and will face harsh actions”, the State Government on Thursday issued public advisory asking people to stay away from counter-insurgency operation sites for their “own safety.”

In an official statement, the 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.  

“The prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter-insurgency operation in the districts,” said the official statement.

Defending the move, the Government spokesman Naeem Akther said: “It is always good to stay away from harm. The militants take refuge in houses to avoid direct hit while forces use shield, bunkers and armored vehicles to protect themselves during gunfights. It is good for civilians not to go to these sites.”

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer A Khan said the advisory has been issued to prevent the loss of civilian lives during encounters. 

He said government has issued directions to all the DCs to issue such advisories asking people not to venture towards gunfight sites. 

“While some DCs have issued advisories today, others will be issuing similar instructions in next few days,” he said.   

The restrictions shall however not apply to the movement of ambulances, medical, paramedical staff and government employees.

The government issued the warning day after the Army Chief issued stern message over the issue, saying security forces in J&K were facing higher casualties due to manner in which the local population was preventing them in conducting the operations and "at times even supporting the terrorists to escape."

“We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism displaying flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them,” the army chief said in New Delhi. "They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue," said the Army Chief.

 

Latest News

  1. Doctor detained after forces recover weapons left behind by 'militant' boarding his car in Kulgam
  2. Doctor detained after forces recover weapons left behind by 'militant' boarding his car in Kulgam
  1. Video | Three injured after army opens fire on protesters in Kareemabad Pulwama
  2. Video | Three injured after army opens fire on protesters in Kareemabad Pulwama
  1. Fresh avalanche warning issued for Kashmir areas
  2. Fresh avalanche warning issued for Kashmir areas
  1. Will bring similar law in J&K: Mehbooba on union cabinet’s ordinance on death penalty to child rapists
  2. Will bring similar law in J&K: Mehbooba on union cabinet’s ordinance on death penalty to child rapists
  1. Supreme Court Bar Association in PaK awards honorary membership to advocate pleading Kathua minor’s case
  2. Supreme Court Bar Association in PaK awards honorary membership to advocate pleading Kathua minor’s case
  1. Police rescues truck drivers, conductors trapped in snow in Drass
  2. Police rescues truck drivers, conductors trapped in snow in Drass
  1. City-centre observes hour-long symbolic shutdown to demand justice for Kathua minor
  2. City-centre observes hour-long symbolic shutdown to demand justice for Kathua minor
  1. Missing Bandipora girl traced within four hours: Jammu and Kashmir Police
  2. Missing Bandipora girl traced within four hours: Jammu and Kashmir Police
  1. Police use force to disperse protesting anganwari workers in Ganderbal
  2. Police use force to disperse protesting anganwari workers in Ganderbal
  1. India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC in Poonch
  2. India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC in Poonch
  1. Cabinet approves death penalty for child rapists
  2. Cabinet approves death penalty for child rapists
  1. Yashwant Sinha announces end of his association with BJP
  2. Yashwant Sinha announces end of his association with BJP
  1. Cash crunch: I-T says 97 pc of poll seizures in Karnataka in high-denomination notes
  2. Cash crunch: I-T says 97 pc of poll seizures in Karnataka in high-denomination notes
  1. Kathua case: Education minister talks tough, asks Kashmir students to attend classes
  2. Kathua case: Education minister talks tough, asks Kashmir students to attend classes
  1. Google's 'Chat' service a precious gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty
  2. Google's 'Chat' service a precious gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty
  1. Kashmir-born British judge Khursheed Drabu passes away in London
  2. Kashmir-born British judge Khursheed Drabu passes away in London
  1. Modi govt's feat of sending 104 satelites to space authenticates Internet existed in Mahabharata age: Tripura CM
  2. Modi govt's feat of sending 104 satelites to space authenticates Internet existed in Mahabharata age: Tripura CM
  1. Teenage girl injured in clashes in central Kashmir's Budgam
  2. Teenage girl injured in clashes in central Kashmir's Budgam
  1. Kathua minor rape and murder part of sinister political game plan to defame Hindus: BJP leader
  2. Kathua minor rape and murder part of sinister political game plan to defame Hindus: BJP leader
  1. Transfers ordered in police department; Shridhar Patil replaces Suleman Choudhary as SP Kathua
  2. Transfers ordered in police department; Shridhar Patil replaces Suleman Choudhary as SP Kathua
  1. Snowfall shuts Srinagar-Leh highway for second straight day
  2. Snowfall shuts Srinagar-Leh highway for second straight day
  1. US human rights report criticises rights violations in India by both government forces, insurgents
  2. US human rights report criticises rights violations in India by both government forces, insurgents
  1. Delhi govt asks its schools to collect used textbooks from students, form book banks
  2. Delhi govt asks its schools to collect used textbooks from students, form book banks
  1. Kathua gangrape-murder case: Vaginal swabs match with accused, confirms forensic lab
  2. Kathua gangrape-murder case: Vaginal swabs match with accused, confirms forensic lab
  1. Twitter bans Russia-based Kaspersky Lab from buying ads
  2. Twitter bans Russia-based Kaspersky Lab from buying ads
  1. Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir
  2. Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir
  1. Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India: IMF
  2. Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India: IMF
  1. Army man injured in Apr 17 border firing in Rajouri dies
  2. Army man injured in Apr 17 border firing in Rajouri dies