- The government will now take a tough stand against Hurriyat leaders
- Mehbooba Mufti last year announced amnesty for first-time stone-throwers
- The centre is having second thoughts about the amnesty
Defend means strengthening of the security of the camps, destroy means that security forces would eliminate terrorists and their hideouts, defeat means that the agencies would work to crush the ideology of separatism and deny or prevent young men from getting recruited by various tanzeems (terror organisations).
"People are feeling relieved that the BJP-PDP coalition has fallen apart, but this euphoria won't last," said a ground duty officer.
During a meeting at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's home last week, it was decided that the government of India would now take a tough stand against Hurriyat leaders. Yasin Malik was detained while Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent separatists from leading protests.
But the steps taken by the security agencies ensured that the situation remained in control after Friday prayers.
The centre is also having second thoughts about withdrawing prosecution cases against stone throwers. The issue was discussed in the meeting.
According to him, the BJP had a lot of issues with PDP government and the break-up was inevitable. "There have been instances when the police were asked to go slow in operations," he said.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had in November last year announced amnesty for 4,500 first-time stone throwers. However, intelligence officials said that the increase in cases of stone throwing in the Valley were indicative of the widespread radicalisation of the youth, with the Hurriyat holding sway over the local population.