Baramulla: A major decision has been taken in Baramulla to stop stone-throwing incidents during operations against terrorists by the security forces in the Kashmir Valley.

Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Naqash has instructed to impose Section 144 in a three-km radius of the spot during an encounter. Those who violate this can be sentenced to one year's imprisonment. However, it is a bailable offence.

During encounters in the Valley, stone pelters are a nuisance to the security forces as they often hurl stones at them to protect the terrorists. This creates a distraction and terrorists often get the opportunity to escape.

The district administration has taken this decision considering the convenience of the people. However, this will not apply to medical staff, government officials and ambulances.

This verdict comes two days after the death of a stone-bearer in Pulwama district, who was disrupting an encounter.

Section 144, which comes under The Code Of Criminal Procedure, is set up to maintain peace. The district magistrate issues a notification to implement this section. Wherever this section is levied, four or more people cannot be assembled there. After the implementation of this section, there is also a ban on carrying weapons at that place.

Anyone who violates Section 144 or does not comply with it, can be arrested by the police. The arrest can be made under Section 107 or Section 151.