New Delhi, June 17: With grievous injuries suffered by the paramilitary forces during violent protests and clashes in Jammu and Kashmir, the home ministry is planning to provide full-body protectors’ to its troops. The main aim of these full body protectors’ is to protect these security forces during violent protest or clashes in the valley. The ministry wants suit to be able to resist chemicals like petrol, diesel or kerosene and also able to withstand severe temperatures for at least five hours.
As per reports, thousands of CRPF personnel get injured in the stone-pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. On Saturday, a massive stone pelting and clashes between youth and the security forces was witnessed at Janglaat Mandi Anantnag after Namaz offerings. During the protest, there were voices demanding independence of Kashmir.
Indian Express quoted an official saying that the body protectors will have chest protectors, shoulder pads, upper arm guards, elbow and forearm guards, groin and shin guards. The overall weight of suit will be 6 kg. The official also said that during protest pieces of bricks/concrete, acid bulbs, bicycle chain etc are thrown by the rioters on the troops. Most of the security personnel are hit either in the face, neck or legs during such incidents.
Ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, starting on June 28, more troops are being deployed in the valley. There is an intelligence input also which says that Pakistan-based outfits were planning to sabotage the 21-day Amarnath Yatra with a terror strike.
In total, the valley has witnessed the killings of over 55 militants and the deaths of 27 locals this year. The situation in Kashmir is considered to be turbulent as nearly 80 incidents of violence occurred there in the last four months. Civilians were often seen thronging to encounter sites to stage protests with the intention of giving the militants an opportunity to escape.
Earlier on Thursday, Editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by gunmen while he was on his way to an Iftar party. The incident happened in Press Colony. One of his personal security officers also died in the firing. Bukhari’s killing invited harsh criticism from politicians and media fraternity. He was laid to rest on Friday. His last rites were attended by former J&K PM Omar Abdullah and ministers from PDP-BJP.
22-year-old Army man Aurangzeb was abducted by terrorists from Shopian as he was leaving home for Eid leave. His bullet-riddled body was found from Pulwama later in the day on Thursday.