Stone pelting more serious than militancy: Police

Srinagar: Asserting that stone pelting is more serious than militancy as it directly impacts the economy and other aspects of society, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar on Monday said that miscreants, who try to disrupt peace in valley, will be slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA).

“Schools and colleges don’t shut due to two-three militant attack… economic activities are not crippled because of militant attacks. But when stone pelting happens, the number of Yatris and tourists decline… schools and colleges are also closed. So stone pelting is a larger issue as it directly affects the society,” Kumar told reporters during a press conference here today.

He said stone pelting is more serious than militancy.

“Militancy doesn’t impact society as much as stone pelting does. We don’t want schools and colleges to close and tourists to stop coming to Kashmir due to stone pelting. So stone pelting is a bigger issue to me than militancy,” the IGP said in reply to a question about why on one hand he was appealing local militants to surrender and on the other hand booking stone pelters under PSA.

He said to deal with miscreants, who pelt stones, PSA will be will be slapped against them.

The IGP said summer strategy is already in place that includes setting up of fresh naka points, frisking, and deployment of extra security forces.

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