Police Advisory: Stay away from encounter sites

Police Advisory: Stay away from encounter sites

The advisory comes close on the heels of two civilian killings, that of a young woman and a boy, in Lelhaar area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district in alleged army and police firing after an encounter.

Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday issued an advisory asking people to stay away from encounter sites to ensure “smooth anti-militancy operations and no civilian casualty.”

The advisory comes close on the heels of two civilian killings, that of a young woman and a boy, in Lelhaar area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district in alleged army and police firing after an encounter.

“We have issued the advisory in the interest of people. We request people to follow it. It’s for their safety,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Syed JavidMujtabaGilani told Greater Kashmir. “The advisory is applicable for wherever encounter takes place.” 

Police said if people follow the advisory, it would help them ensure smooth anti-militancy operations.

The police advisory states that in case any encounter breaks out anywhere, the people particularly the

 parents of “young adults of nearby area are requested not to allow their wards to move towards the encounter site.” “In case they are outside home they must be called back to home,” a police statement reads. “The residents of nearby area within the radius of two kilometres should stay inside their homes and need not venture out as any stray bullet can hit and cause damage. The residents are also requested not to come out of their houses or peep out of the windows.”

The police handout further stated that as section 144 CrPC immediately comes into force at encounter site, the elders, watchmen and village headmen are requested to advise people to stay away from encounter site. “Assembly of five or more people must be discouraged as it is prohibited under the provisions of the section of CrPC,” it reads. “Every person in the area should ensure that he/she stays at least two kms away from encounter site so that he/she does not fall prey to a stray bullet.”

The statement further said that after an encounter, people are requested not to rush towards encounter site as there are chances that unexploded grenades and other explosives devices must be lying there. “The people should ensure that the encounter site and area around is properly sanitised by the police or any other security agency, before they go closer to it,” the statement said.