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Army urges people not to follow JRL march call

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Srinagar, Dec 16: The Army on Sunday urged people not to march towards the headquarters of its Chinar Corps here on the call of separatists to protest the killing of seven civilians in an encounter in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) consisting Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, had Saturday asked the people to march to the headquarters of the Army's Chinar Corps at Badami Bagh on Monday.

The call for the march came after seven civilians were killed and several others injured when government forces opened fire at a civilian mob near the site of an encounter in south Kashmir's Pulwama district after three militants and an army man were killed on Saturday.

In a statement on Sunday, an Army spokesman asked the people not to pay heed to the "misleading call" by the JRL.

"The Army is always with the people of Kashmir and would foil all such evil attempts of terrorist-separatist-Pakistan nexus to pit the civilian population against the security forces. The public is once again advised not to pay heed to this misleading call by JRL," it said.

The spokesman said the Army along with the security agencies and civil administration was "fighting terrorism and proxy-war sponsored by Pakistan and its proxies in Kashmir".

"The objective of the security forces is to bring peace and normalcy in the Valley with the support of the 'awaam' (people). The forces have eliminated a large number of terrorists trying to infiltrate along the Line of Control and neutralised an even larger number of them in the hinterland this year to improve the overall security situation, making huge sacrifices themselves.

"These terrorists were involved in many cases of gruesome killings of innocent Kashmiris, including civilians, SPOs, police personnel and other security forces personnel on leave," the statement said.

The spokesman said government forces make every attempt to avoid any loss of civilian lives in cross-fire and minimise collateral damage to property.

"Loss of any civilian life is always painful for the security forces. However, the vested interests are continuously at work to instigate and mobilise gullible youths to encounter sites.

"The call given by JRL for march to Badami Bagh Cantonment is another such attempt. Indian Army strongly condemns this call by Pakistani proxies and advises people not to fall prey to such designs of anti-national forces," the statement added.

The JRL said on Saturday that “it would be far better for India” to “finish Kashmiris off once and for all as the Government of India (GoI) is only interested in our territory and forcibly holding it while systematically eliminating the people.

“That is why leadership has asked the GOI to do that as we march towards their army headquarters in Badami Bagh on Monday. Or else, stop the killings and massacres and resolve the dispute and save human lives,” a statement issued by the JRL said.

Restrictions in Srinagar parts today

Srinagar, Dec 16: Authorities in Srinagar have ordered imposition of restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC within the territorial jurisdictions of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj and Ram Munshibagh police stations of the district Monday (on December 17).

There will also be partial restrictions within the territorial jurisdictions of Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations of the district, and official press release said.

It said the restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

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