An official from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs also said that only five incidents of stone-pelting were reported in the state in the first five days of suspension of anti-militancy operations during May 17-21.
While Defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia told The Indian Express that they are “ascertaining the details”, Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Shailendra Mishra said he “can’t talk anything beyond” the press release.
Speaking after CM Mufti, who again called for dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, the PM said, “The PDP-BJP coalition government, under the leadership of Mehbooba Muftiji, and the NDA government at the Centre, is continuously trying to bring such youth into the mainstream who, influenced by false propaganda, are attacking their holy land.”
The officials say that while the cordon and search operations to trace militants would stop and the forces would “not initiate any combat operation”, there is need for clarity on whether they would carry out “sanitization” and patrolling.
The appeal came after the idea was floated at an All-Party Meet called by the Chief Minister in Srinagar to discuss the situation in the Valley. This, however, is not the first time that the Valley has seen a cessation of hostilities.
Referring to the Army’s concerns over the construction, Omar said: “The truth is that had these (Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta) been Kashmir-based politicians, and the Army had said this about us in the Valley, BJP people would have been screaming from the skies.”
The Congress too supported the unilateral ceasefire demand: “All Opposition parties said about it (ceasefire). We had said it in the previous all-party meeting as well that there should be unilateral ceasefire as happened previously.”
On Sunday morning, a joint team of the J&K Police, the Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Badigam village in Shopian based on inputs about the presence of four top Hizbul Mujahideen commanders and the assistant professor who had joined the militants only 36 hours ago.
Five people were killed and over a hundred injured in the clashes between the security forces and the protesters — thousands of youths from Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag had rushed to the encounter site allegedly to help the Hizbul militants escape.