Srinagar, March 30: Responding to the incident of 3 civilians killed during the encounter operation of security forces in Budgam district, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid today said that bullets don’t see who they hit and emphasised that youths coming to encounter sites are indeed committing suicide. As per initial media reports, three youths were killed and 18 others were injured in security forces’ action against protestors who were pelting stones at them allegedly to help the holed-up militants.
However, Vaid added that inspite of great provocation, civilian death and collateral damage has been minimised a lot. He further added that young men are indeed misled by the militants to pelt stone and disrupt operations of the security forces, and then amid the shootings bullet might hit the civilians.
He further said that even security personnel takes cover during encounter operations. And when youths come to the encounter site they are committing suicide, as it is highly probable that they might end up getting shot.
Even security forces in an encounter take cover of a vehicle/house.Youths coming to encounter site are committing suicide:SP Vaid (DGP J&K) pic.twitter.com/nlOHe9TLPJ
DGP Vaid emphasised that bullets do not see who is coming or whom it will hit. He thus appealed that young boys should stay at homes and not come to encounter sites to avoid such incidents.
Three civilians and one militant were killed in Tuesday’s operation in Budgam and this triggered huge mass protest in the state. While reports claimed that 63 security personnel, including 43 from the CRPF and 20 from the state police, were injurd in stone-pelting by local mobs, the security personnel had to act after the mob pelted stones allegedly in an attempt to help the holed-up militants.
Earlier, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had warned the youth against interfering in anti-militancy operations.
Following the death of the three civilians, the separatists have called for a complete shutdown and peaceful protests on Friday.