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J&K: After video emerges of assault on its men, CRPF says it’s our reality

In the video, the security personnel can be seen showing restraint and not reacting to provocation by the youth.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: April 13, 2017 8:35 am
Srinagar, CRPF video, CRPF soldier video, CRPF jawan video, CRPF jawan viral video, CRPF Srinagar, CRPF, CRPF personnel abused, CRPF personnel video, Srinagar bypoll, Budgam violence, Srinagar violence, India news, Indian Express Jammu and Kashmir: When contacted, CRPF DIG (Srinagar), Sanjay Kumar told The Indian Express that they were trying to ascertain the identities of the personnel shown in the video.

The CRPF is examining a video of its personnel being heckled and kicked by unidentified youth, who are also heard asking them to raise “Go India, Go back” slogans. The video, which went viral Wednesday, is believed to have been shot in Budgam during the bypoll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on April 9. In the video, the security personnel can be seen showing restraint and not reacting to provocation by the youth. The clip also shows some youth trying to clear a safe passage and warning others not to assault or heckle the securitymen. On Tuesday night, after Internet services were restored in the Valley, anonymous Facebook users uploaded the three-minute-long video in which a youth is seen kicking at one of the securitymen and trying to push him. But the security personnel, carrying a rifle, is seen walking ahead without retaliating.

In the video, one youth is seen trying to force the securitymen to chant “Go India, Go back” slogans before another hits the helmet worn by one of them.

When contacted, CRPF DIG (Srinagar), Sanjay Kumar told The Indian Express that they were trying to ascertain the identities of the personnel shown in the video. “We have taken up this issue with local police for identifying the protesters who heckled the security personnel. We are also trying to find out the securitymen shown in the video clip. Once the securitymen are identified, I will recommend them for an award for showing restraint.’’

CRPF IG (Srinagar) Ravideep Sahi told The Indian Express, “From whatever information we have gathered till now, it seems the video was shot in Budgam. The video is a reflection of the reality we face in Kashmir every day. Our men are under so much stress, it is very difficult to operate. Still, our troops exercise maximum restraint in all situations. The day this video was purportedly shot, I was myself in the Budgam area and saw how CRPF had to face violence at different places and yet exercised restraint.”

Massive violence was witnessed in Srinagar on Sunday as bypolls were held amid a boycott call by separatist groups and militants. The voter turnout — 7.14 per cent — was the lowest in 30 years. At least eight people were reported dead and over 100 were injured in clashes between mobs and security forces. The Anantnag bypoll which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been deferred to May 25.

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  1. R
    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:40 am
    Hamare j & k ke padhe likhe noujwan kuchh aisa karo ki dunia me kasmir ka naam ho, aisa bura bartaw apne bodygaurd(sena) SE karoge to kya stan tumhara naam lega aur sabaasi dega? Aisa bhul kar bhi naa sochna , Jo apno ka Na hua(jinna,benjir Bhutto & apne sainiko ) wo tumhara kya hoga !? Aisa bhul kar bhi mat sochna kyoki gadhe ki lataar Marne ke liye Jana jata hai,gadhe ki jamaat me saamil hokar gadho ki po tion mat badhao , kyoki aise bhi Bharat me gadho ki kami nahi hai, nahi to mahapuruso ki is desh me kabhi dange-phasaad nahi hote. Much aisa karo ki pure desh hi nahi world me kasmir noujwaano ki mishaal di jaaye ki yaha sirf gadhe hi nahi g (tailent & scholar) ki Sankhya usase bhi jyada(99 ) hai@ jai hind # Bharat Mata ki jai Hindu Muslim ekta bane rahe & dusmano ki langot gili & pili rahe Bharat wasiyo( j & k) ka si r hamesa utha rahe iske liye kyo Na dusmano ka sir katna pare, mera pyara Bharat ka swarg sada swarg hi rahe
    1. A
      Apr 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm
      Apni fitrat hai junooni Ziddi hai zid ka nasha hai Teri aukaat hai kitni Ye toh bas humko pata hai Tune jo khel hai khela Ismein tu hi haarega Humko tu kaacnh samajh ke Kab tak pathar maarega.............. hamare indian soldiers ki sahan shakti ko m hai,lekin jis ye tuti us din stan ki jamin ka har hissa tutega hum logon ke kadmo ke niche. jai hind jai shri Ram........
      1. N
        Apr 14, 2017 at 1:02 am
        Poor leadership can make even brave to behave as cowards. It was not restraint but sheer cowardice. All the men instead of facing it as a team were individuals just wanting to get out of the difficult situation. If soldiers don't behave like one, they will be hacked everywhere. DG CRPF should take the officer in charge of these men to task for allowing these men to be humiliated in front of the w world. By saying that it is our reality, shows poor leadership that is infusing cowardice among the men. They are deplo to control the situation and in the line of duty if they have to take the tough actions they must not step back. Please stop this rot or else how will they protect the citizens of the nation.
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          1. P
            Apr 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm
            Is it fair to deploy our security personnel in the battle field with tied hands? I don't think anywhere in the world such a shameful practise is in vogue. Clearly it demoralises the personnel and prevents others to join to get humiliated.
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