The Central Reserve Police Force, at the forefront of maintaining law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir+ for last two weeks, on Monday expressed regret for the eye injuries caused to the youth due to the use of pellet guns in the valley.The force, however, added that it would continue to use this weapon in extreme situations ‘carefully’, while hoping such situation doesn’t arise in future.
“We feel very sorry for them as youngsters have to bear injuries due to the firing of pellet guns. We ourselves are trying to use it in bare minimum so that there are fewer injuries. But we use them under the extreme situation when crowd control fails+ by other means,” CRPF DG K Durga Prasad said while addressing the force’s annual press conference in Delhi.He also said that the ground troops are trained “not to be emotional”, while reacting very rationally to such a situation.”Everybody feel bad when youngsters get hit. But still, we will have to use it (pellet guns) in extreme situation as of now. We hope that any (extreme) situation does not arise (in future),” Prasad said.
Prasad said the CRPF is already experimenting with the other options under the less-lethal weapon category available globally, including the ones used by United States forces.
Explaining the stress under which the CRPF personnel were deployed in Kashmir Valley, he said as many as 114 companies (about 11,400 personnel), which were undergoing training elsewhere, had to be pulled out and deployed in the state to control the situation arising after Wani’s death.
“Our annual training has suffered as we are in continuous deployment. As of today, all our training companies are deployed in some theatre or the other,” he said.He said 1,051 CRPF personnel were injured due to stone pelting and other forms of attacks by protesters in last two weeks.