Protests in Old City

Police file case against CRPF, stone pelters

SRINAGAR: Amid a complete shutdown, protests erupted Tuesday in Aali Kadal area of the Old town against the alleged excesses by the CRPF troopers on Monday evening following a stone pelting incident. 

Meanwhile, police has filed a case against the CRPF personnel and the unknown stone pelters to calm down the tempers.

Reports said that scores of residents of Aali Kadal this morning assembled at the main chowk and staged demonstrations against the trooper of CRPF 44 battalion. The troopers, locals alleged went berserk on Monday evening after some stones were hurled at their bunker in the area.

The troopers allegedly thrashed the traders and the locals to the pulp following the stone pelting on the bunker. Many civilians, they said, sustained injuries in the CRPF beating. “CRPF men beat everyone when some boys hurled a few stones on their bunker.

They also dragged the traders and beat them to the pulp,” Mohammad Ayub, an eyewitness said. He also charged the troopers of damaging windowpanes of several light motor vehicles and the residential houses Abdur Rashid, another protester said that the troopers were drunk when they created ruckus at the marketplace.

He said at least a dozen people were injured by the troopers with batons and rifle butts. PRO, CRPF Kishore Prasad denied the allegations that the troopers thrashed the civilians in the area. He said that the troopers were returning to their camp when attacked by stone pelters.

“How can our men perform duty in drunken state? The allegations of locals are totally baseless and fabricated,” he said. However, police has filed a case against the CRPF after the locals approached them this morning.

“A case Fir No119/2013 under sections 148,336(stone pelting), 323(causing injury) has been filed against the CRPF and unidentified stone pelters at the police station Maharaj Gunj. If the CRPF men are found guilty of excesses, we’ll ensure they are suspended and strict action is initiated against them,” a senior police official said. 

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