New Delhi: A video showing CRPF personnel having a hard time walking by a village and being kicked and abused by unidentified youths, and can also be heard shouting "Go India,Go back" slogans in the tape. The CRPF is currently examining the video which is believed to be shot in Budhgam during the bypoll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seats on April 9.
In the video security personnel are seen distressed and not reacting to provocation by the youth are being widely shared on social media. The clip also shows some youth trying to clear the passage and warning others not to assault the securitymen. Internet services are were restored in the valley on Tuesday night, some anonymous Facebook users uploaded the three-minute-long video in which a security personnel, carrying a rifle, is seen walking past the mob despite being abused, harassed and getting kicked and pushed by the mobs.
Also, a youth is seen trying to force the securitymen to chant "Go India,Go back" slogans before another hits the helmet worn by one of them.
CRPF DIG (Srinagar), Sanjay Kumar said that they were trying to ascertain the identities of the personnel shown in the video. "We have taken up this issue with local police for identifying the protesters who heckled the security personnel. We are trying to find out the security personnel. We are also trying to find out the seuritymen shown in the clip. Once the securitymen are identified, I will recommend them for an award for showing restraint."
CRPF IG (Srinagar) Ravideep Sahai in statement said,"From whatever information we have gathered till now, it seems the video was shot in Budgam. The video is a reflection of the reality we face in Kashmir every day. Our men are under so much stress, it becomes very difficult to operate. Still, our troops exercise maximum restraint in all situations. The day this video was purportedly shot, I was myself in the Budgam area and saw how CRPF has to face violence at different places and yet exercised restraint."
On Sunday, massive violence was seen in Srinagar as bypolls were held amid a boycott call by separatist groups and militants. The voters turnout was 7.14 per cent, lowest in the past 30 years.
At least eight people were reported dead and over 100 scrambled to their injuries in clashes between mobs and security forces.
The Anantnag by-polls were scheduled for Wednesday, has now been postponed to May 25.