90% downfall in stone pelting after defanging of Article 370 in J&K


Srinagar:After August 6, stone-pelting incidents in the Valley have followed a downward graph, but for a brief spike on Fridays and around Independence Day. On August 6 — the day Parliament cleared the resolution to withdraw J&K’s special status — stone-pelting incidents rose by three times as compared to the previous day.

By August 7, they declined only to climb on Friday (August 9) ahead of Eid-ul-Zuha. Post-Eid, stone-pelting cases went into a downward spiral, clocking a single-digit daily figure, but then rose the next Friday before resuming the slide. In fact, just two incidents targeted at the CRPF were recorded across the Valley on August 22.

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The highest number of stone-pelting incidents recorded in Kashmir in a single day after the end of special status was 44, on August 6.

The nearly 250 stone-pelting protests between August 5-22 across the valley left 56 CRPF personnel injured and around 25 force vehicles damaged. These numbers are way lower than those recorded in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahiden terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016. As many as 338 stone-pelting incidents were reported from across the Valley between July 8 and 25, 2016. Over 1,460 CRPF personnel were injured in the protests and more than 200 force vehicles damaged.