Targeted by stone-pelters, J&K police bear scars of violence
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 17:21
Srinagar: The fury of Kashmir's stone pelters has left nearly 1500 police personnel injured in just eight weeks of turmoil. As they nurse their wounds, police officers and their men recall how stones rained on them from lanes and by-lanes of Srinagar and other urban areas of the Valley.

"We were under strict orders to exercise restraint. That explains the high casualty figure," said one officer from his hospital bed.

871 personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 604 from the much-criticised CRPF were injured in pitched battles on the streets of the Valley since the violence began on June 11. Many of them are still recuperating in hospitals.

State Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda today announced a grant of Rs 5000 to each injured personnel out of the Police Family fund.

Besides suffering injuries, the policemen have also been subjected to other forms of intimidation such as threats to their families, attacks on their houses and calls for their social boycott.

Some of the injured are senior officers because they led from the front. However, morale of the force remains high as indicated by a number of personnel reporting for duty as soon as they recovered from their injuries.

Take the case of Sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmed of Srinagar's Humhama police post. He suffered a broken leg and was hospitalised for several days.

Once out of hospital, he joined back duty though he encountered more trouble. A police jeep carrying him and his staff was chased by a stone-throwing mob. Trying to avoid confrontation, Ahmed asked his driver to quickly move out of the area.

In the process the vehicle fell into a ditch. He was back in the hospital with an ankle injury for a week and today he stands at this important posting where he has to ensure smooth flow of traffic to the airport.


First Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 17:21

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