Pakistan sponsoring stone pelting in J-K, says Rajnath

Rajnath Singh, Jammu and Kashmir, Budgam encounter, stone pelting

Rajnath Singh (PHOTO: AFP)

In the wake of rising incidents of stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir post Budgam encounter, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday came heavily on Pakistan and said the country is sponsoring stone pelting in the valley state.

"Pakistan groups are using social media to gather crowds and are sponsoring stone pelting incidents in the valley state," the Union Home minister said while addressing the Lok Sabha.

"New trend to pelt stones on security forces during anti-terror operation is rising and I appeal them not to get influenced by Pakistan forces," he said.

"The way terrorism should be tackled, our security forces are handling it well. Now also they are handling it well and will continue to do the same in the days to come," he added.

Three youth were on Tuesday killed when they tried to pelt stones at security forces during the Budgam encounter in Kashmir.

The army had last month warned the civilians not to indulge in stone pelting on security forces at the encounter places as such mischief provides opportunity to terrorists to escape.

The state government had also announced that curfew restrictions will automatically come into force around the encounter site where people were prohibited to assemble.

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