‘Child’ stone pelters take centre stage in Kashmir conflict

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These images taken by camerapersons of news agency, PTI, depict the depth of horrifying situation in Kashmir. Children out in the open, holding placards and stones, protest along with their elders against the security forces.

In the last few years, stone pelters of Kashmir have become the biggest headache for the army personnel entrusted with maintaining law and order situation in the Valley. These stone pelters, the civilians of Kashmir, have injured many jawans, and at the same time many of them have been injured and killed by army men in retaliation.

Initially, the stone pelters were seen mostly in protest rallies attacking the jawans, however, in recent times they are coming in the way of the security forces during their counter-terrorism operations, as civilians of Kashmir try to allegedly shield terrorists from army men.

Here we bring you a few images from the protests that rocked the Valley on Friday and unfortunately a large number of the protesters were children...

Minors as stone pelters

Minors as stone pelters

In this image as stone pelters throw stones, a boy holds a placard and shouts slogans against the security forces in Srinagar on Friday.

Picture credit: PTI

Young lives ‘lost’ in conflict

Young lives ‘lost’ in conflict

More children join this young protester on a street of Srinagar on Friday.

Picture credit: PTI

Protest against death of civilians

Protest against death of civilians

Leaders of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the killing of eight civilians on polling day in Srinagar on Friday.

Picture credit: PTI

Locals against security forces

Locals against security forces

Local protesters try to disrupt an anti-terrorist operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on March 28. One militant and three civilians were killed in the operation.

Picture credit: PTI

Jawans versus terrorists

Jawans versus terrorists

Jawans stand as guards as they keep vigil on protesters during an encounter at Nigeen Pora in Tral of Pulwama District of South Kashmir on March 5.

Picture credit: PTI

Ongoing conflict in Kashmir

Ongoing conflict in Kashmir

Protestors throw stones at the police during their protest at Nowhatta in Srinagar in February.

Picture credit: PTI

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