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Stone-pelting on rise, CRPF blames J&K Police

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has registered a strong protest with the Jammu and Kashmir Police over its “ineffectiveness” in dealing with rising incidents of stone-pelting against security forces in the Valley, reports Manish Tiwari.

delhi Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:04 IST
Manish Tiwari

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has registered a strong protest with the Jammu and Kashmir Police over its “ineffectiveness” in dealing with rising incidents of stone-pelting against security forces in the Valley.

The paramilitary force has not only shot off strongly-worded communications to the state government in the past few months, but also brought the issue to the notice of top government functionaries, saying the state police must take punitive action against miscreants as its patience was running out.

After 50 cases of stone-pelting incidents in the Valley in February alone compared to 20-25 cases in a month, top CRPF officials recently met J&K Governor N.N. Vohra and requested him to take a serious look, a government official told HT.

In the past year, he said, over 1,000 security personnel in the Valley were injured in stone-pelting incidents.

“We aren’t happy with the way the J&K Police were handling stone-pelters. After we took up the issue a few months back, the state police started some action against stone-pelters. But the problem seems to have escalated. How long can we ask our forces to have patience?” asked a CRPF official.

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Farooq Ahmad, however, said: “The allegations are not unfortunate.”

As per our records, in 2009, there were 278 stone pelting incidents in which 493 persons were arrested while 566 were detained as part of preventive measures. In January and February 2010, the state police have arrested 419 persons in 94 incidents. “What else does the CRPF want us to do? We can’t go around shooting people,” the IG added.