CRPF attacks ambulances ferrying wounded

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SRINAGAR: It was a field day according to people for Central Reserve Police Force on Saturday who thrashed commuters at will and caused massive damage to the hospital ambulances carrying wounded persons from South Kashmir to Srinagar hospitals. 

One of the ambulance drivers from SMHS hospital told news agency CNS that he was carrying an injured youth from Larnoo Kokarnag in his ambulance (JK01G-5673)when suddenly a group of CRPF personnel stopped him on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Bijbehara and thrashed not only staffers but also the people accompanying the injured youth. “Look at this ambulance. CRPF men caused massive damage to it. All the windshields of the ambulance are broken. They (CRPF) pounced upon us, hit us with gun buts and lathis,” the am¬bulance driver said. 

Another ambulance (JK03D-6484) driver from the same hospital told this reporter that CRPF stopped him at many checkpoints from Anantnag to Pampore and beat him to pulp. “The gun wielding CRPF men were furious why I was ferrying wounded youth to hospital. A youth who confronted a gun totting CRPF man was ruthlessly beaten up while they all hit the windshields of my ambulance,” he said adding that it is a risky job to ferry wounded youth to the hospitals. 

“They not only beat us up but also wasted our precious time,” the drivers added. 

Eyewitnesses told CNS that CRPF personnel damaged scores of private vehicles on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Sangam area. The people were on way to their respective areas after attending funeral prayers of Hizb commander Burhan Wani. “A group of CRPF men stopped a Sumo vehicle and pounced upon four passengers. They beat them so ruthlessly that they were unable to move an inch. We don’t know what hap¬pened to them as we fled from the spot,” said an eyewitness. 

Despite repeated attempts spokesperson CRPF could not be contacted for the comments. (CNS)

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