Students protests being fomented, says IGP Kashmir

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Geelani Monday said that outside elements are responsible for the student’s protests in Kashmir Valley.

“Outside elements are fomenting trouble in campuses in Kashmir,” the IGP said during a media interaction here. He said that in Handwara some outside elements spent money and lured students, forcing them to resort to clashes.

Gilani said that students should not confront the police. He also promised action “as per law” on the police crackdown on Degree College Pulwama on April 15 that triggered widespread student protests across Kashmir.

“An inquiry is on (into the college incident) and action as per law will be taken,” he said.

The IGP blamed the militants for the spate of bank robberies in South Kashmir.

“Militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen are behind the bank robberies,” he said.

He said that the video footages taken from different banks that were looted indicated that militants are responsible for robberies. He said that a militant Abu Ali was the kingpin of the bank robberies who was killed in an encounter in Central Kashmir.

     Referring to the killing of PDP Pulwama District President, IGP said that police have arrested two persons including a lawyer. “It was the lawyer who provided information to militants about the movement of the slain leader,” he said and added that mostly over ground workers of militants are responsible for the killings.

    Responding to a question, IGP said that 95 youths have joined militant ranks recently. “There are about 200 militants among which 100 are locals,” he said adding that anti-militancy operations are conducted on information basis.

    To a question, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Geelani said that the Pulwama incident that triggered all these student protests is being probed. “Once the report will be submitted, action will follow,” he said.

      When asked about the surfacing of militant videos on the social networking sites, IGP said that militants have doing this just to show their presence. “It is kind of psychological warfare they are indulging in,” he said.

    When asked about the ban on social networking sites, the IGP said that they will see what impact it will have and after a month they will take the future course of action.

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