Following the recent killings of civilian, seven to be exact, in Pulwama, the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the security situation and directed the security forces to avoid civilian killings. An official spokesman said the Governor reiterated the need to strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by Army. He told government forces to avoid incidents of civilian casualties and collateral damages.
According to Kashmir Observer, Malik re-emphasized the crucial importance of sustained collaborative action between the Armed Forces and the State Police with the civil administration in dealing with difficult situations. He also stressed the need of a heightened vigil. Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the northern army commander also reviewed the prevailing security situation in the Valley.
An army spokesman condoled the incident saying civilian deaths were an “unfortunate loss of live”. The deadliest Saturday witnessed a clash between the militants and armed forced followed by protests that left seven civilians dead and many more injured. This was followed by tensed-three days with the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) calling for a strike and protest march to the army headquarters to condemn the incident. There were reports of clashes in neighbouring districts.