Go tough against those behind ‘stone pelting industry’: MHA asks security agencies

‘Prepare plan to dissuade youth from unlawful activities’

Srinagar: Following the reports from intelligence agencies that some people were still positively active in fanning unrest in the valley, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked law enforcing agencies of Jammu and Kashmir to identify such people and go tough against them, KNS has learnt.
The MHA has also asked the state government to prepare a roadmap and action plan for stopping youths from the unlawful activities including stone pelting.
Reliable Sources told KNS on Monday that the intelligence agencies have informed the top officials of the MHA dealing with security related issues of Jammu and Kashmir, that some people are still fuming unrest in the valley. “After analyzing the reports the ministry has asked Jammu and Kashmir police to identify instigators and take strict action against them.” sources in the MHA informed.
The MHA believes that the role of such instigators could be the reason for stone-pelting incidents occurring in a synchronized manner throughout the valley during the unrest.
The directions assume significance as the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had also reiterated that young boys were being made shields by the miscreants during the unrest.
Hinting that police would go tough against the stone pelting incidents, the police sources said that police are identifying the people behind the stone pelting. “Police are identifying the people who are continuously involved or are behind stone pelting. After identification strict action under the law will be taken,” sources said.
Meanwhile sources said that the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has also asked the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to keep a vigil on separatist activities.
It is to mention here that the Jammu and Kashmir police have launched a massive crackdown against “what they called miscreants in Kashmir and arrested thousands from across the valley.
Meanwhile sources said that centre has asked the government to prepare a roadmap and action plan for stopping youths from stone pelting and other unlawful activities.
Centre has also suggested the state administration to come up with an outreach programme which will involve engaging with the stakeholders including elders in the community.
Sources said that the centre government has also maintained that they will help the state government for generating employment for youth. (KNS)