August 2016 News

CRPF Jawans Shot At By Hidden Terrorists In Kashmir, 1 Injured

4 August 2016
India Today
Gaurav C Sawant

New Delhi: A CRPF constable was injured when a terrorist opened fire hiding behind stone pelters in Khudwani village area of Kulgam in south Kashmir. Efforts are being made to evacuate the constable who received bullet injuries in the arm. Terrorists using stone pelters as a shield to target the security forces, is an alarming trend, top sources monitoring the situation in the troubled valley told India Today. DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR SECURITY FORCES: There have been repeated instances of security forces being targeted not just by stone pelters but by terrorists shielded by stone pelters. 'It is a double whammy for the security forces on ground. They cannot fire back at the terrorists because there is a crowd of stone pelters between the terrorists and the security forces. And within minutes the terrorists melt into the built up area,' sources said. The security forces were apprehending this trouble especially after a grenade was hurled last month at the CRPF personnel in the troubled Nauhata area of downtown Srinagar during the evening withdrawal. 22 CRPF personnel were injured and two are still critical, one with a splinter in the brain. Recently the personal security officer of a bureaucrat opened fire in self defence when their vehicle was surrounded by a mob and the miscreants tried to set it on fire after assaulting the bureaucrat. 'The PSO opened fire in self defence but he too received a bullet injury in his leg. He too was fired at by the mob. They managed to escape and found shelter in the nearby camp of the CRPF,' an official privy to the ground situation said. FOREIGN TERRORISTS SURFACE IN TOWNS, VILLAGES: The security establishment is also alarmed by the emergence of foreign terrorists in towns and villages. 'Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists till a few months ago would be hiding in forested areas but look at the latest incident when two LeT terrorists addressed a public gathering in Kulgam. Both terrorists have been identified. But there was no police in the vicinity to engage them. And the terrorists knew this,' sources added. TERRORISTS OPENLY ROAMING IN THE VALLEY: Terrorists are now openly roaming the streets of towns especially in South Kashmir, addressing gatherings not just in street corners but also in mosques. The Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) have an altered pattern of deployment. 'The security forces have been told not to engage with the stone pelting mobs. They are mostly confined to their camps. They do patrol the areas but during this patrolling they cannot take on terrorists. This is leaving not just towns but even the countryside open to terrorist movement,' said another official. The army is also confined to its camps and is not dominating areas as aggressively as earlier in the rural areas. 'But even in an area like Rajbagh in the heart of Srinagar a procession was taken out where anti-India slogans were shouted. The police were conspicuous by their absence,' he added. When Kashmir descended into chaos the first time Pakistani terrorists took out a victory procession along the Dal lake boulevard. The fear is, if the slide continues unchecked now, history could repeat itself.

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