With crowds emerging suddenly at the sights of encounters in Kashmir which hinders counter-insurgency operations particularly in various towns, the Indian army today categorically said strict action would be taken against those who stop the security forces from doing their work. The protesters who take law in hands will face strict action said army.
The army was forced to issue a warning after a large number of protesters threw stones at army men while they were engaged in an encounter in Pulwama in which two people were killed.
Police official said that the crowd helped at least half a dozen terrorist including a commander to escape. Earlier two civilians were injured in Anantnag during a similar protest which broke out when army was conducting an anti-terrorist operation.
Taking into account the seriousness of the issue, the army has said that in case a crowd taken law into hand, the security men would have to take appropriate action against the protesters, who ensure that there is enough distraction at the encounter site which gives a chance to ultras to make good their escape.
An army spokesman said that investigation into Aishmuqam incident revealed that security men had to fire when a crowd started pelting stones despite the fact that there was no provocation. There is a trend among locals to start pelting stones at army men once they reach an encounter site to help the ultras escape, he added.