Police exercises restraint to save lives in south Kashmir: Spokesman

Srinagar/March,30: A police spokesman claimed that despite firing by militants from among the demonstrators, security forces exercised maximum restraint to avoid civilian causalities in south Kashmir district of Kulgam last evening.
A press release issued by the spokesman in the wee hours today said that last evening an unlawful assembly of stone pelters and miscreants were pelting stones, and also  hurling petrol bombs upon security personnel deployed for maintenance of law and order at Yaripora, Kulgam.
Some militants who were part of the  mob started firing indiscriminately on security personnel from the mob, he claimed.
Spokesman said that assessing the situation and particularly taking into account the safety of civilian lives the personnel deployed responded to the situation with exemplary restraint and in a calibrated manner.
Instead of firing back immediately militants were chased away into an orchard and search operation launched.
District police Kulgam advises youth of Kulgam not to accompany terrorists in such gatherings where collateral fire may cause unfortunate death of anyone.
Meanwhile, Director General of police has expressed grief over the death of three civilians in security force firing during demonstration in Badgam district, where a militant was killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter on March 28.
He advised people to avoid assembling in the area where encounter between militants and security forces would take place.
I appeal to parents to prevent their  children from going to encounter site, he said.

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