CRPF blames on stone-pelting
SRINAGAR: Police and paramilitary CRPF put out contradictory versions of the Sunday morning road accident in which 19 CRPF troopers were injured at Bemina on the outskirts of Srinagar.
As per the statement of SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray, there was no stone-pelting going on in the area based on CCTV camera footage, and the accident was caused by the driver who lost control of the vehicle.
“The CCTV footage was procured and it is clearly seen that the driver lost control, which resulted in the mishap,” the SSP said.
The IG CRPF, Ravideep Sahai, said that the mishap took place after some “miscreants pelted stones” on the vehicle. “19 troopers suffered injuries in the incident. All the injured have been hospitalised. Nine among the injured were shifted to army’s 92 Base hospital Badami Bagh for treatment where the condition of a trooper is stated to be critical,” the IG said.
Another CRPF officer, on the condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that CRPF firmly believes that it was stone-pelting that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
“There were four buses in which CRPF personnel were being ferried,” said the officer, who said he was not authorised to speak to the media. “The first three vehicles received mild stone-pelting, but the fourth one that skidded was attacked furiously.”
He said the CRPF officers had talked to all the drivers of the buses who confirmed that their vehicles were attacked by stones. The driver of the bus that skidded and overturned made the same statement, he said.
“We have cross-checked it from our men, all of whom say they were attacked by stones thrown from lanes and bylanes,” he added.
The officer said the CRPF will soon order a court of inquiry and examine the CCTV footage based on which the police is saying that there was no stone-pelting.
“We have not gone through the footage yet but we will examine it. First we have to see the capturing power of the CCTV camera, then the angle, etc. The examination will tell us the real story,” he said.
IG Police SP Pani told Kashmir Reader to contact SSP Srinagar for comments on this incident. The SSP Srinagar told this reporter to speak to the SP South City Ashish Kumar Mishra. Mishra said that he has no directions from the SSP to speak about the incident to a newspaper. The SSP did not later respond to calls from this newspaper.