With radicals out of J&K, stone-pelting steeply drops
   Date :14-Aug-2019

By Sheikh Qayoom
AS security agencies rounded up separatist and radical trouble makers from the KashmirValley, incidents of stone pelting have drastically fallen despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the axing of Article 370. In the past 48 hours, the Valley has been more or less calm barring few sporadic incidents of stone-pelting in Soura and downtown areas of Srinagar. In a security exercise stretching over a couple of months, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh and his team of handpicked officers identified scores of separatist and key radical leaders who were instrumental in orchestrating stone-pelting incidents in the Valley. “In a swift move, we picked up these pro-Pakistani radical elements from their dens on (and after) August 5 and shifted them out of the state to various central jails in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and other northern states,” said a senior IPS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre.
“At least a month in advance, we visited jails in Agra, Bareilly, Lucknow and other places and chalked out an effective plan to raid, arrest and shift these elements out of the Valley.” According to the officer, an exhaustive list of radical elements, trouble makers and agents of Pakistan was prepared by the state with the help of Central agencies.
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