SRINAGAR: With stone-pelting on their troops and vehicles showing no sign of relenting, the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has acquired Israeli-style mobile bunkers for its men to move in.
A top CRPF official posted in Kashmir confirmed acquiring the “new improved technology on the pattern of Israeli mobile bunkers”.
Two youths were recently run over by a CRPF vehicle in Srinagar’s downtown area during post-Friday protests. One of them, Srinagar boy Qaiser Amin Bhat, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS hospital.
The CRPF official said that the mobile bunkers would be established at “highly volatile” areas across Kashmir to tackle “stone-pelting youth”.
“The crowd is doing all kinds of mischief to harm you. It is not only people, but our men too who suffer serious and lifelong injuries,” the official said. “To minimise such serious injuries to our men, we have introduced mobile bunkers.”
He claimed that in the recent clashes at downtown Srinagar, one of their DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) was hit by a stone and became partially blind in one eye. “That I come here in uniform doesn’t mean that my protection is the least. I have not come here to die,” the official said.
He said that “most the time the crowd is illogical, rigid.”
“In these situations and conditions, we need to protect our men. So a new concept has been created,” he said.
He said the purpose of the new technology “is not to harm anyone or threaten anyone, for that matter.”
“It is a safeguard for our people. It is a bullet-proof vehicle. It is not a Kashmir-specific development; it is in use pan-India, wherever there is frenzy from the crowd,” he said.
When asked about the number of such mobile bunkers in Kashmir, he said it is not the right time to disclose. “But the number is sufficient to deal with the Kashmir situation,” he said.