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‘5 stone pelting incidents reported since ceasefire announcement’

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New Delhi, May 22:  Only five incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in the first five days of suspension of operations by government forces, an official said today, citing an assessment by security agencies.

The count is from May 17 to May 21, an official said.

This is down from 92 incidents of stone pelting in the first five days of April this year when operations against militants by government forces were fully on, he said.

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid also said today that the “Ramazan ceasefire” has been successful thus far.

“The initiative of Hon’ble PM has helped in general improvement in law & order. The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased & is serving as confidence Building Measure for families who want their boys to return back home (sic),” the state’s DGP said on Twitter.

The Home Ministry announced on May 16 that government forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramazan.

The decision had been taken “to help peace-loving Muslims observe Ramazan in a peaceful environment,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The ministry said the government forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

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