CRPF dismisses allegations of high-handedness

CRPF today refuted allegations of high-handedness in tackling protestors in Jammu and Kashmir and said it was working along with the state police.

New Delhi: CRPF today refuted allegations of
high-handedness in tackling protestors in Jammu and Kashmir
and said it was working along with the state police.

"The CRPF is working along with the Magistrate and the
Jammu and Kashmir Police," CRPF Director General Vikram
Srivastava told PTI.

Asked about the allegations of high-handedness,
Srivastava who is keeping a close vigil on the developments,
said, "The local Superintendent of Police (Sopore) is there.
Our men are there to assist him."

Two persons were killed in separate incidents in Kashmir
valley today when security forces allegedly opened fire at
mobs protesting the death of a youth in firing in the apple
town of Sopore yesterday. Both local politicians and the state
police have alleged it was the CRPF which had opened fire.

Earlier in the morning, when reports of CRPF opening fire
had started coming in, Srivastava had said his force has not
fired a single bullet or tear gas shell.

On June 25, two youths were killed and three others
injured allegedly in firing by CRPF after the security
personnel were attacked by protesters following an encounter
in which two militants were gunned down.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had last
night spoken with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and voiced
his concern over civilians becoming victims of action by
paramilitary forces.

-PTI

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