SRINAGAR: Half a dozen CRPF men deployed at Rainawari’s Surtang area on Saturday afternoon did not allow passage to a correspondent of this newspaper despite his showing them a curfew pass issued by the office of the district magistrate Srinagar. The correspondent, a resident of Rainawari, was on his way to office when he was intercepted by the CRPF men at the main Rainawari chowk. The curfew pass he possessed had written on it: “He may be allowed to move after proper security check wherever and whenever required by law enforcing agencies.”
“I showed them my identity card and curfew pass but they said nobody is allowed to move. I persisted and told them that the pass was issued by the DM. One of the men said, ‘I am the DM, and I won’t allow you. Go and tell them about me.’ The other one said that it was because of the pass that they (CRPF) were even bothering to talk to him. ‘So what, if you have a curfew pass?’ he asked.”
The correspondent then asked the CRPF men to repeat what they had said before his phone camera. This infuriated them.
“One of them shouted, Leave! I told them I would inform their officer. I took out my phone and began calling the CRPF PRO. This angered them further and they told me to leave or batons would fall on me. I had no choice but to leave,” our corespondent said.
When contacted, the CRPF spokesman in Srinagar, Bhavesh Choudhary, said that “there is deployment of CRPF from outside the state these days” and promised to inquire into the matter.
“The outside men do not know about the directions. I will issue a new direction asking them to not stop media,” Choudhary told Kashmir Reader over phone.