A video emerged on social media that shows youths assaulting a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Srinagar. The CRPF jawan, in the video, is seen being heckled, kicked and beaten up by a group of youths.
The video shows a group of personnel seemingly returning from a polling station after the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll held on Sunday. The CRPF man was hit badly on the head and also received a kick to his shin. He was assaulted by a mob that walked with him and kept beating him while raising slogans.
He is seen as being armed with a rifle but didn’t use it or retaliate with any force. NDTV cited reports quoting the personnel who said he and his comrades were carrying electronic voting machines from the polling booth and they wanted to keep the EVMs safe.
“At times there are allegations that CRPF uses pellet guns. This video was made by the public and uploaded by the public, it clearly shows they are being harassed, not retaliating. The kind of restraint they are observing, it is really commendable because they gave importance to the security of the EVM. They want to uphold democracy,” NDTV quoted CRPF spokesperson Bhavnesh Kumar Chowdhary as saying.
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With PTI inputs