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Kashmir Police Chief Blames Protesters For Deaths At Gunfight Sites

Jammu, April 12: Civilians thronging gunfight sites are responsible for their deaths as bullets don’t distinguish between a stone pelter and a militant, Jammu and Kashmir police chief S P Vaid said today as he urged the youth to stay away from such places as they were not “marriage venues.”

Nobody wants civilian deaths and the police and security forces are pained at such incidents, he said.

“We have been appealing to young boys to stay away from encounter sites. A bullet does not distinguish between a stone pelter and a militant. It has a trajectory to hit. They are responsible for their own deaths. They should not come to encounter sites”, Vaid said in a live Twitter question-answer session today.

He was replying to a question posed by one Tajamul Wani about civilian deaths in gunfights.

The strong words from the senior officer came a day after four civilians were killed in the crossfire in an encounter in Kulgam district. An Army-man was killed while the three militants managed to flee.

“No citizen of India would like any civilian killing. We have been repeatedly requesting people not to come near the encounter sites when bullets fly whether from the militants or from the Army, from paramilitary force and police.  They have a trajectory. They will not look for the chest of a particular person. They can hit anybody so it is advisable not to come near the encounter sites,” DGP Vaid said.

It pains me most and pains all the forces when a civilian dies, he added.

“Our effort is not even a single civilian should get hurt, but they have no business to be there. Marriage of the militant is not going on. Why are these boys coming near the militant encounter sites,” he lamented.

On the pendency of amnesty for stone pelters against whom FIRs were to be withdrawn, he said the police had already moved the concerned courts in such cases.

In some of the cases parents were supposed to come and approach police stations and give an undertaking, he added.

To a question about solution of the Kashmir problem, he said violence was not the answer.

“I personally feel that the gun is not the solution. Everybody concerned including our neighbour (Pakistan), and only way out is to sit together and talk it out and sort it out and gun is not a solution and violence is not a solution”, he said.

Vaid said his most challenging task was post the Burhan Wani episode because as Special DG law and order to deal with the situation.

On the Internet blockades, the DGP said “my effort is to minimum disruption of Internet. I am totally against it. But let me tell you there is mischief and misuse of it to spread hatred and false propaganda. This is what we want to prevent”.

We want minimum disruption of education of children from Kashmir valley and we will ensure it, he added. (PTI)

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