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Many held for pelting stones at forces after Nowgam encounter

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Srinagar: Police on Thursday said they have arrested many people for being allegedly involved in pelting stones on security forces after an encounter here in which three militants were killed in Nowgam area yesterday.

They said despite warnings, a mob had tried to approach the gunbattle site and hurled stones at security personnel.

“On March 16 at Shankarpora Nowgam Srinagar, three terrorists were neutralised. As per the standard operating procedure (SOP), the site was being cleared to ensure the safety of citizens. Signboards were also placed around the site of the encounter to dissuade citizens from approaching the site prior to sanitisation with regard to any left-over explosive from the terrorists,” a police spokesperson said.

He said “however, a large unruly mob assembled from adjacent areas of Shankerpora Wanabal carrying ‘lathis’ and stones in their hands and pelted stones on the deployed ‘nafri’ (personnel)”.

In order to disperse the mob, smoke canister shells were used as per the SOPs, the official said.

He said a case was registered and 15 identified persons were arrested.

“Srinagar Police requests people to stay away from encounter sites to ensure their safety, keeping in view the likelihood of the left-over explosives from the terrorists,” the police spokesperson said.

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