In a welcome development in Jammu and Kashmir, the number of stone pelting incidents has come down by around 90 percent. This was revealed today by Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S.P. Vaid. He said that stone pelting was down 90 percent in comparison to the number of such incidents that occurred last year. Vaid congratulated the people of Kashmir Valley for their support in bringing normalcy to the troubled state. Vaid pointed out that there were many factors that have helped reduce the number of stone pelting incidents. The top reasons include demonetization, the raids and arrests conducted by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and the action taken against militants. It may be recalled that the army has carried out various missions against the terrorists and several of the top terrorists have been killed.
Such efforts have demotivated and discouraged stone pelting in the state. Government’s strong action against militants and their supporters has contributed majorly to reducing stone pelting incidents in the state. The NIA raids and arrests of separatists in the Kashmir Valley, coupled with demonetization, has helped choke the funds that were earlier used to be given to stone pelters. It has been revealed that stone pelters were paid around Rs 500 per day for throwing stones and creating trouble in the Kashmir Valley. Peoples’ mindset has also changed, as they have realized that throwing stones is a wasteful activity.