Srinagar: Almost twice as many people died of injuries inflicted by non-lethal weapons used by police and paramilitary forces in J&K in 2016 than by bullets, according to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2016, The Indian Express reported on Tuesday.
The data shows that 29 civilians died in lathicharges ordered by the J&K Police, while only 15 died due to firing by police and forces, during the protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. The data also shows that 375 civilians were injured in 1,959 lathicharges ordered in the state in 2016 — and 189 in firing.
Overall, 2016 saw a far higher number of people (35) dying during lathicharges across the country than in 2015 (7).
However, the NCRB data also shows that a large number of policemen were injured during these incidents of lathicharge. While 759 civilians were injured during lathicharges across the country in 2016, 4,713 policemen were injured in these incidents. Of these, 4,502 policemen were injured in J&K alone. One policeman — in J&K — died in such incidents.