Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces want defined red lines to deal with stone pelting flash mobs
The 'acceptable kill ratio' in the army is 1 soldier for every 7 terrorists killed, while at present it is 1:1
Amid the encounter spree in Jammu and Kashmir in last few days, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir want defined Red Lines to deal with stone-pelting flash mobs during anti-terror operations.
In the last few days, in two encounters five security personnel have died even though five terrorists have also been gunned down. This 1:1 is an unacceptably high casualty ratio. The 'acceptable kill ratio' in the army is 1 soldier for every 7 terrorists killed.
Such is the concern by 1:1 kill ratio that army commander from Northern Command, Lt General Devraj Ambu, flew to the Chinar Corps area for a personal assessment of the situation.
Reports have said that the Army, CRPF and J&K Police are reviewing the laid down standard operating procedures and refining them to meet the challenges of stone-pelting flash mobs. Intelligence Agencies have provided crucial inputs on the systematic organisation of mobs.
It has been reported earlier that there is a well-organized network of overground workers of terrorist organisations who organise stone-pelting mobs. "It is the job of the CRPF and the JKP to manage the mob. The army carries out an antiterror operation and leaves immediately," reports quoted sources as saying.
Security forces want defined Red Lines, a demarcated area, beyond which protesters will not be permitted and the forces will be well within their rights to use non-lethal or lethal force. Forces are also considering video graphing the entire sequence of mob violence during operations.
Police and the CRPF are also being tasked to ensure that mobile communication is jammed in the area of operations to prevent mobs from assembling. Pump action pellet guns are also an option on the table, in case the situation is out of hand.
If stone pelting continues unchecked, pellet guns could make a comeback before the summer of 2017.