October 2016 News

Number Of Stone Pelters In Kashmir Has Reduced From 40K To Just 100

29 October 2016
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: A study conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on the current protests, which erupted after the killing of the militant commander Burhan Wani in July, says there is sharp de-escalation in violent incidents and the Valley is moving towards normalcy. Though the study calls the current unrest a rural uprising, it says there were 2,250 incidents of protests, clashes, marches across Kashmir since July 8. Of the 2,250 incidents, 1,566 were reported from the rural areas while 651 were reported from the towns. Though the study by J&K Police calls the current unrest a rural uprising, it says there were 2,250 incidents of protests, clashes, marches across Kashmir since July 8 after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. So far, around 75 people have been killed in the violence. +2 Though the study by J&K Police calls the current unrest a rural uprising, it says there were 2,250 incidents of protests, clashes, marches across Kashmir since July 8 after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. So far, around 75 people have been killed in the violence. The study says: 'In the first week of the turmoil each day 180 to 200 incidents of stone throwing were taking place across Kashmir and each day around 40,000 people were involved in these incidents of stone throwing.' However, in the last week of October only 10 incidents took place. From August people participated in pro-freedom and anti- India marches and rallies. In August this year, five to 10 rallies were taken out each day where 50,000 people participated. In October, just one rally was taken out in a week and where only 100 to 200 people participated, says the internal study of the police. Initially the protests erupted in south Kashmir. The four districts of south Kashmir witnessed 725 incidents of violence while three districts in north Kashmir saw 715 such incidents. In the central Kashmir, 810 incidents were reported, with Srinagar witnessing 650 incidents. Only 78 incidents were reported from Ganderbal district. 'In Srinagar protests and clashes were witnessed from areas which could be described as the rural belt of Srinagar like Parimpora, Tengpora, Nowgam, Narbal, etc.,' the study says. Most of the violent incidents have taken place on Fridays with July 9 witnessing 201 incidents. But on October 17 only one such incident was reported. In the first week after July 8, 470 incidents were reported from across the Valley while in the last week of October the number has gone down to 31 incidents. The police say around 44 police and government building were burnt in the past 100 days, and 52 police and government buildings were damaged. In all these four months 23 schools were also burnt. Since July 8, 67 militancy-related incidents took place in which six policemen and 35 army men were killed. During the uprising, 18 foreign militants were killed and 50 people joined the militancy. Police say around 75 people have been killed including two policemen in the past four months. However, human rights activists say over 90 civilians, including school-going children, were killed in pellets and bullets fired by the security forces. The police have arrested over 6,000 youths involved in various cases including stone throwing, and over 450 political activists and separatist leaders have been booked under the Public Safety Act. Of the 6,000 youths, police study says 4,800 have been released on bail. 'Tempest is almost nearing an end. We are moving rapidly towards normalcy as there is sharp de-escalation in the violence. We expect peaceful days ahead,' says a senior police officer.

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