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Security forces “rarely” retaliate at stone-pelters in Kashmir valley : Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: The security personnel “rarely” use pellet guns against stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley, said Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday. The stone-pelting has also harmed the forces and also suffered casualties caused by stones.

“There are young people, who have been radicalised, who are pelting stones which are as lethal as pellet guns. We have had severe casualties (in the forces), including death being caused because of stones. We cannot say that the security forces start using stones against stone pelters,” said Rawat.

“We have now devised different ways to deal with it (stone-pelting) and pellet guns are now very sparingly used in the Valley,” he added.

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