Stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley down 50% this year, claims CRPF

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 27, 2017

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has claimed that stone pelting incidents in the valley has declined by half.

CRPF Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on Wednesday said this while addressing the media on the 78th anniversary of the force here at its headquarters in south Delhi's Lodhi Road area. Last year, almost 1,600 incidents were recorded.

"They are proving very effective", he emphasised.

He also added that the CRPF was coordinating with the NIA in its crackdown against separatists and their operatives.

New standard operating procedures, a new strategy to deal with the mob, action taken by other agencies like NIA against the organisers of such incidents and joint operation by forces are few of the reasons leading to fewer stone pelting incidents.

According to figures provided by the force, it killed 75 militants, apprehended 252 and recovered 118 arms this year in its operations in the Valley.

"Our assessment is that situation in the Kashmir Valley has improved", he said.

Bhatnagar says that CRPF has not allowed violent mob in J&K to disrupt operations.

However, the Special DG, while speaking to reporters here said that the CRPF had "got other alternative (non-lethal weapons) as well". The CRPF top boss said a number of steps were taken in the recent past like re-positioning of troops, new strategies and standard operating procedures, to achieve the results seen now. He added that the use of less lethal weapons like pump action guns had reduced casualties among troops.

"The number of our personnel injured has also come down to one-third of what was the picture past year".

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