Militant supporters to be dealt with heavy hand: GOC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 14: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, Lt General AK Bhatt today warned militant supporters and said that they will be dealt with heavy hand.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Baramulla, the GOC said that those who support militant activities will be dealt with heavy hand.
Lt General Bhatt said Army will not allow anyone to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Northern region of Kashmir where “things are quite calm and people are living peacefully.”
The GOC also appealed people to keep themselves away from spots where Army conducts its operations.  “It is my appeal to public and youth to not pelt stones on Army and to keep themselves away from spots where Army conducts its operations. We are not upset with public and youth of Kashmir because they are among us,” he said.
Responding to a question, Lt General Bhatt said that soldiers always tried to cooperate with civilians especially during encounters. “But when people cross the boundaries then our soldiers are opening fire and that too after warning”, he added.
The GOC said that people in North Kashmir are peace lovers and always cooperated with security forces for making things better in the region.
Lt General Bhatt was in Baramulla in connection with concluding certification ceremony for students who were part of 20 days long film making courses at Themiya Hall.
GOC 19 infantry division Lt Gen GS Rawat, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain, officials from police and civil administration were present at the function.
The GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen AK Bhat also inaugurated Gym centre at Stadium Baramulla.
And in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, police today arrested three youth during night raids. The raids were conducted at Kakapora in Pulwama and arrested youth have been identified as Sameer Ahmad brother of slain LeT militant Shakir, Sameer Ahmad brother of slain militant Majid and Uzair Baqal. These persons were arrested on charges of stone pelting during the security forces operations.
And in the meantime, shutdown and restrictions disrupted life in North Kashmir district of Kupwara today as a precautionary measure to prevent protest against the killing a youth in Army firing.
Schools and colleges and business establishments in Kupwara district remained closed amid restrictions and shutdown.