Tried and tried again but could not succeed: Govt’s relentless efforts to stop stone pelting brings no result
Kashmir valley has witnessed violence since mid-2016 and continues to be gripped by the fear of instability and frequent shutdowns. The volatile situation has precipitated a political crisis where it’s indicative that PDP and BJP can’t go hand in hand to improve the declining state of affairs in the valley. The government tried to implement various measures to stop the phenomena of stone-pelting as well as other miscellaneous groups that proffered suggestions to curb violence in Kashmir. The observers see this as a continuation of an ‘iron fist’ policy, without contemplating on the possible alternatives such as creating an atmosphere for dialogue. But nothing seems to make the situation any better. However, here’s a look at the solutions that made into the news:
Authorization of more pellet guns
In March 2017, the centre made fresh authorisation of 4,949 pump action guns for CRPF units deployed as Rapid Action Force (RAF), and Mahila Battalion in J&K, taking the total number of pump action guns to 5,589. More than six lakh pellet cartridges (each cartridge contains around 600 metallic pellets) had also been authorized, up from 1.25 lakh last year.
Mahila battalion to be stationed in Kashmir
An all-women India Reserve Battalion is set to deal with incidents like stone pelting, said a Home Ministry official. The move came days after girl students were seen fighting pitched battles with security forces at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar on April 24, the day the educational institutions in the restive valley reopened after a five-day shutdown.
Jhabua slingshot against stones hurled by mob
Tribal youth in a remote Madhya Pradesh region offered their expertise in using slingshots -Gofan to help the paramilitary forces in countering stone-pelters in Kashmir. “A Gofan battalion of local tribal youth should be constituted and be posted in Kashmir Valley to deal with the stone-pelters. This battalion will be a suitable answer to stone-pelters,” Prem Singh, a 26-year-old tribal youth of Lakhpur village of Jhabua district, told PTI. The leaders from Congress and BJP also supported the formation of such a squad comprising local youth, who are masters of this art.
13000 register for a public army against stone pelters
A public army was formed to fight stone-throwers and elements attacking jawans of Indian army and paramilitary forces in Kashmir valley. Balyogi Arun Puri Chaitanya Maharaj, who had formed the Jan Sena, said 13,000 people had registered themselves and were ready to give a befitting reply to the stone throwers. Arun Puri is head priest of the Siddhnath temple, a revered place in Kanpur Jajmau locality. He even appealed PM Modi to permit him to go to Kashmir and teach the stone-pelter a lesson.