Srinagar, May 20: A special training is being organised for the personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to train them in tackling stone pelting and also, unlawful gathering in Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, during the training, the officers have been briefed that the lives of people in crowds are important and their protection should be the first priority of the CRPF jawans.

“Our first priority is to always protect lives of citizens in every situation,” Nagrota CRPF Zonal Training Center in-charge DK Jha was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The move comes following an increase in the cases of stone pelting in Kashmir.

On May 18, a Jammu and Kashmir police constable was critically injured after some youth pelted stones at a police vehicle on Batagund-Khanqah road near Midoora in Awantipora tehsil of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. An official informed the Greater Kashmir that a constable, identified as Reyaz Ahmad, was hit by a stone on his head when “miscreants” pelted stones on police vehicle on Wednesday night.

On March 23, during the Budgam encounter, 40 CRPF jawans and 20 police personnel were left injured as they were fighting on two different levels. During the clash with the terrorists, the security force was also dealing with the stone pelters. CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dr Sanjay Kumar said that the operation became more difficult due to the obstruction by the locals.