Sabotaging ceasefire


State Government has very credible inputs that some militants and their commanders were systematically trying to sabotage ‘Ramzan ceasefire’ announced by the Centre Government by indulging in attacks on security forces and inciting youths to pelt stones on the troops to increase level of violence to prompt the Union Home Ministry to call off ceasefire. Militants are trying to create violence at every level especially by attacking security forces at different places with gunfire and grenade attacks and provoking the youth to subject paramilitary forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police vehicles to heavy stone pelting. This is being done to raise level of violence during the month of ceasefire. During the past few days, the State Government has observed different type of strategy adopted by various militants and their commanders belong to different outfits especially Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen under which they have been targeting security convoys, police installations, security personnel deployed at various places and other vital places by throwing grenades or opening firing to ensure that number of incidents, which had gone down sharply during first fortnight of ‘Ramzan ceasefire’, increase during the second half, which was very crucial for Jammu and Kashmir.
Extension or no extension in the ceasefire by the Union Government would depend on the level of violence during remaining period of holy Ramzan month. The Centre Government especially the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Defence Ministry were keenly watching security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and admitted that security forces were not only strictly observing ceasefire but also exercising maximum restraint to keep the level of violence to the minimum during this period of time to make the ceasefire successful.
Earlier the militants were inciting the locals to gather at the encounter sites and subject security forces to stone pelting to help militants escape, leaving security personnel with no option but to fire at the civilians in which locals were killed or injured. Now when the encounters have been suspended by the security forces in view of ceasefire, the militants were provoking youth to target security force vehicles with stone pelting. Some local militants have taken advantage of ceasefire and returned home. Their identities have been kept secret and no cases have been registered against them as they were not involved in any kind of violence.

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