CRPF asks people to register complaints against excesses
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Friday asked people to register their complaints with the commanding officer concerned in case any personnel resort to excesses during the curfew.india Updated: Aug 06, 2010 19:31 IST
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Friday asked people to register their complaints with the commanding officer concerned in case any personnel resort to excesses during the curfew.
There are widespread allegations against the CRPF of damaging public property, harassing residents and cutting of essential supplies in Kashmir valley.
“Being disciplined force we cannot tolerate such complaints. There could be aberration where CRPF personnel could have indulged in some wrong-doing. We ask people to report such excesses to concerned commanding officers,” CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathi told the Hindustan Times.
The new directive has come in the backdrop of large scale allegations of excesses. Several residents of old Srinagar’s Rainawari, Nowshera, Hawal, Naveed Kadal and Khanyar on Thursday accused the CRPF personnel of beating up bakers early in the morning and pelting marbles at residents’ houses damaging window panes. The local cable was also damaged in the area.
“In the morning we heard loud banging on our doors and suddenly stones were pelted at the window panes. A vehicle full of security forces chased people out for morning bread in the interiors of the area. They were using abusive language and beat up people at a bakery shop saying ‘let you die of hunger’,” said a resident of Nowshera on the condition of anonymity. Two youngsters, who went to nearby SKIMS hospital with relief material like food, were also beaten up.
From Naveed Kadal to Bohri Kadal, 1 km stretch; from Nowshera to Soura, 1 km stretch; and from Rainawari to Saida Kadal, 1 km stretch, the houses on roadside give a ghost look with their window panes shattered. They allege CRPF deliberately hurl stones at houses without any provocation.
“If there are such complaints we will look into and take up with the higher authorities,” said the CRPF spokesman. “Such things should not have happened. If it has we will take serious action,” he added.
In south Kashmir’s Kulgam area, the whole village of Freasal on Thursday erupted against the CRPF alleging excesses. “Besides residents, cattle were bruised by the security forces. They barged into houses and ransacked them. Then the security forces asked women to assemble at one place and the men in a different field. Anybody who raised voice was thrashed,” said a Fraesal resident to HT on the phone. The village is more than 60 km south of Srinagar.