New Delhi, July 27: The CRPF Director General, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, said that incidents of stone-pelting in the Kashmir Valley have reduced by half this year because of the effective action taken by the security forces and probe agencies against the separatists and others. Bhatnagar said that the stone pelting in the valley has come down to less than half of 2016 (424 till now), compared to last year (1,590 total), reports The Times Of India.

The CRPF DF informed that there are several factors that played a role in this that included new standard operating procedures, and a new strategy to deal with the mob. Also, the action taken by other agencies like NIA against the organisers of such incidents and the joint operation by forces helped in bringing down the number. “We have not allowed violent mobs in J&K to disrupt operations”, said Bhatnagar. (ALSO READ: Pakistan Using WhatsApp Groups to Incite Youths For Stone Pelting in Kashmir, Reveals NIA Probe)

The CRPF DG informed that as many as 75 militants were killed by CRPF this year in J&K while 252 were apprehended and 118 arms were recovered. “Our assessment is that situation in the Kashmir Valley has improved,” the CRPF DG added. He also said that CRPF was coordinating with the NIA in its crackdown against separatists and their operatives. “We have not allowed violent mobs to interfere in the conduct of anti-militancy operations,” stated Bhatnagar.