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Kashmir unrest: Over 2,000 of our personnel injured in stoning, says CRPF

The CRPF had 47 battalions in Kashmir when the protests began. Since then, 133 additional companies (each comprising around 100 men) have been sent to the Valley.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Published: August 24, 2016 5:23 am
kashmir valley, kashmir protest, CRPF, CRPF in kashmir, kashmir violence, kashmir curfew, kashmir clashes, kashmir situation, kashmir unrest, burhan wani, hizbul, hizbul militant, kashmir, kashmir news, india news According to figures provided by the CRPF, as many as 2,083 personnel have sustained injuries in stone-pelting by protesters. In 2010, the number of personnel injured in stoning totalled 1,755. (Source: AP)

The count of CRPF personnel injured in stone-pelting in the current unrest in the Valley, where 67 people have died in protests since the July 8 killing of militant Burhan Wani, has exceeded the number of personnel injured in stoning during the 2010 protests.

According to figures provided by the CRPF, as many as 2,083 personnel have sustained injuries in stone-pelting by protesters. In 2010, the number of personnel injured in stoning totalled 1,755.

The CRPF brass and the security establishment are worried that if the protests do not end soon and mobs continue to target personnel, it will become very difficult for the men on the ground to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with protesters.

Sources said the CRPF apprehensions have been conveyed to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is due in Srinagar Wednesday on a two-day visit to the state.

The CRPF had 47 battalions in Kashmir when the protests began. Since then, 133 additional companies (each comprising around 100 men) have been sent to the Valley.

“There are over 60,000 personnel facing angry crowds every day. They are being humiliated, abused and hit with stones. There are orders but all personnel cannot be kept under watch. That’s our worry,” an officer said.

Over the last 47 days, the CRPF has fired close to 4,000 pellets cartridges and over 7,000 tear gas shells at those taking to the streets.

Since 2010, as many as 4,970 CRPF personnel have been injured in stone-pelting incidents. The highest number of injuries, apart from 2010 and 2016, were reported in 2013 when 491 CRPF personnel were hit by stones. In 2014, this figure stood at 231 injured while in 2015, it was 172 personnel.

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    Yakobi
    Aug 24, 2016 at 3:49 am
    Not enough, should have been over 2000 hin dus dead.
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      Maniktripathy
      Aug 24, 2016 at 3:41 am
      Well can only happen in India where inept spineless governance has made mockery of security forces...No other country will allow ordinary citizens to attack security forces...Feku governance at its best and yet we talk about big about balochistan, when we don't even have a policy paralysis on kashmir issue...
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        Maniktripathy
        Aug 24, 2016 at 3:45 am
        meant when we have a policy paralysis in kashmir...
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          Indian in
          Aug 24, 2016 at 2:37 am
          We should consider thus fact while voting and creat a kind of unity of though process that influences voting decision i.e. Which party to vote. Dont forget these incidents and also dont forget which party did not support our valiant soldiers.
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          1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
            Aug 24, 2016 at 4:58 am
            I pity those CRPF soldiers. They are sent to the streets like cattle to the abattoir.
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