• Residents lodge massive protests
• Investigation is on: Police
Hundreds of residents of Qamarwari area of Srinagar city Friday staged a massive protest demonstrations against alleged excesses by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that have damaged at least four dozen private vehicles and bikes on Thursday evening. Police said the matter was being probed.
Eyewitnesses told local newsgathering CNS that that the residents of Qamarwari Chowk and the Halka Committee Masjid Ibrahim (A.S) took to streets soon after Friday prayers and held protests against the forces. They said that CRPF personnel stationed at Shah Cinema without any provocation last evening ransacked the residential house, beat up the locals and caused damage to scores of private parked vehicles in the area.
“Look at my vehicle (JK01F-1786). These ‘goons’ damaged it beyond repair. What was my and other’s fault,” CNS resident quoted Ali Muhammad Kar, resident as saying.
Another protestors said that CRPF personnel smashed the glasses of his private vehicle (DLG-C54821) completely.
The protestors said that chowki officer Qamarwari had assured them that police would register a case against erring CRPF personnel, however, they did not.
Despite repeated attempts CRPF spokesman , Kishore Prasad could not be contacted, however, a police
A police official said that CRPF has reported to them that some people pelted stones on them last evening when they were on patrol. He said that they are investigating the matter and have recorded the statements of civilians.