Targeted by stone-pelters, J&K police bear scars of violence

Last Updated: Sunday, August 8, 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.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 17:21

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