Naikoo killing sparks sporadic incidents of stonepelting in Pulwama

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the priority of the armed forces is to neutralise terrorists as fast as possible, which will bring down the recruitment levels.
“Creating more than a life-size image of a terrorist is somehow propagating them into developing a Rambo kind of image. The more we stay away from them and highlight their negativity, the more we’ll not create their Ramboistic image,” Rawat said while referring to gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Riyaz Naikoo.
Rawat said that there are some people who are uneducated but possess intelligence and wisdom, but there are others who are “educated but behave as if they lack wisdom and intelligence.”
Meanwhile, sporadic incidents of stonepelting took place in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, the hometown of slain Naikoo, even as curfew-like restrictions were imposed in many parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure, officials said.
Naikoo and his aide were killed in an encounter with security forces in Beighpora area of Awantipora on Wednesday, prompting authorities to snap mobile telephone and Internet services in the valley.
Restrictions were also imposed in most parts of the valley, including Srinagar city, soon after the news about Naikoo’s killing spread.
Although the Kashmir is under the third phase of coronavirus lockdown, additional security forces have been deployed in many sensitive and vulnerable areas of the valley for ensuring peace, the officials said.
However, incidents of stone pelting by groups of youths have been reported from the areas around Naikoo’s native village in Awanitpora since early morning on Thursday, the officials said.
They said similar incidents of stone pelting had taken place on Wednesday also, resulting in injuries to 16 people. Four of the injured persons had bullet injuries.
The IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told reporters that after Naikoo’s killing, the area witnessed some clashes and incidents of stone pelting but they were of a localised nature.
“First time since August 5, there was a law and order problem near the site of an encounter after the killing of any terrorist,” he said. “It was a localised affair in which few people were injured; some of them had bullet injuries.”