Display ISIS, Pakistan flag, be considered anti-national: Army chief

16 Feb 2017 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

While paying tribute to the martyred soldiers in Delhi, Army Chief Bipin Rawat came out strongly against those backing insurgents during counter-insurgency operations.

He said that those who hinder army's operations during confrontations and weren't supportive would be interpreted as "overground workers of terrorists".

He said that those displaying ISIS and Pakistan flags too would be treated as anti-nationals.

In context: Army toughens stance against uncooperative Kashmiri locals

13 Feb 2017Army grappling with uncooperative Kashmiri populace helping militants

Recently, the Indian Army has had to grapple with local protesters who try and help terrorists escape during encounters and counter-insurgency operations.

Especially in South Kashmir, with every counter-insurgency operation, the locals have increasingly become more emboldened to hinder anti-militancy operations.

This often leads to a law and order problem for security establishment and the deaths of many locals.

15 Feb 20174 Army personnel dead, terrorists get help from locals

An encounter in Bandipora left 3 army men and 1 terrorist dead, while the operation that took place in Handiwara left 3 terrorists and 1 Army Major dead.

The locals began protesting after the encounters and were dispersed using tear gas.

PM Modi tweeted saying: "Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K."

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16 Feb 2017Display ISIS, Pakistan flag, be considered anti-national: Army chief

Youth come to militants' aid in Kashmir

19 Feb 2017Youth come to militants' aid in Kashmir

Despite a stern warning by Army Chief Bipin Rawat, several youth pelted stones at security forces while they were conducting search operations for militants in Pulwama district.

People apparently pelted stones at forces from their roof tops, while search operations were underway in the Urivan-Newa area.

Police managed to disperse the crowds and finish the search operations peacefully.

21 Feb 2017Kashmir: New army policy to counter stone-pelters

A review committee has recommended changes in the army's operating policy in Kashmir, to adapt to the menace of stone pelting civilians.

It involves setting up a mobile joint control room to coordinate between all forces, imposition of prohibitory orders, identification of collaborators, and initiation of legal action against them.

Since 2016, over 25 terrorists have fled encounter sites with the help of stone-pelters.

06 Mar 2017Stone-pelters turn deaf ear to Army's warning

Sources stated that stone-pelting civilians in Kashmir have turned a deaf ear to the army's warnings of "tough action" and "relentless operations, with harsher measures."

In Nazneenpora village of Pulwama district, civilians resorted to heavy stone-pelting when armed forces were conducting search operations for terrorists in the area.

Nonetheless, the army blew up the house that the terrorists were allegedly hiding in.

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31 Mar 2017J&K DGP: Youth should avoid encounter sites

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid stated that youth should not come to encounter sites and protest. He made the statement in light of the recent death of 3 civilians who were pelting stones at security forces at an encounter site in Budgam district.

He said "Youths coming to an encounter site are committing suicide."