Hyderabad, June 17: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, responding to queries related to questioning of children pelting stones, said that Army believes very strongly in human rights. "Some misinformation is being spread among people of Jammu and Kashmir and possibly compelling some of the younger generations to pick up arms," he added.
Rawat said that the Army is taking steps to bring situation in south Kashmir under control. Addressing a media conference in Hyderabad, he said there should not be any reason for concern. He said, youth in troubled areas of Kashmir are now realising what security agencies are doing for bringing peace and tranquility.
Replying to a question, General Rawat said, that the army cares for human rights and always makes sure human rights are maintained in Kashmir or anywhere it undertakes operation. He said, Army is people friendly and it acts when situation warrants.
Still with Jammu and Kashmir, opposition National Conference legislators today protested in the Assembly against the alleged use of force on the agitating students in the Valley. Several MLAs and MLCs protested outside the assembly complex in Srinagar on the first day of the special session to discuss draft GST legislation approved by the state government. The NC leaders shouted slogans against the government and blocked entry to the civil secretariat and the assembly.
Meanwhile, restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama districts today as a precautionary measure in view of a strike to protest the killing of two civilians allegedly in security forces firing yesterday. In other sensitive places in south Kashmir, heavy deployment of security forces has been made to maintain law and order.