CRPF video: The story of overstretched soldiers who showed extreme restraint

How did the eight CRPF personnel who were heckled and stone-pelted at while returning from bypoll duty manage to remain unfazed? Was it wilful resilience or were the men in uniform just dog-tired?

A video showing some youth heckling a group of CRPF men in Srinagar went viral last week triggering a massive debate in the country.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police registered an FIR on April 14 on a complaint filed by the CRPF over the video clip which showed the jawans being heckled and beaten up during by-election to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9.

WHAT HAPPENED ON APRIL 9:

The eight CRPF personnel were on four month-long election duty and over stretched. The team originally from West Bengal were previously deployed for UP Assembly elections for two months and later redeployed in Manipur for state Assembly elections.

The CRPF requested the Indian Air Force to airlift the soldiers to Kashmir for swift deployment in Kashmir. The Air Force agreed to bring the men sans their mess arrangement and utensils. "The soldiers who landed in Srinagar had to wait for hours before they were deployed at the polling booth," a senior officer told India Today.

Sources said that due to inclement weather, all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) had requested the air force to airlift the jawans stuck in Jammu to Srinagar. The air force expressed its inability to do so as a result of which 25 companies meant for deployment for election duty could not make it to the April 9 Srinagar bypoll.

It was early in the morning of April 9 that the CRPF men were moved to the polling booth allotted to them. The CRPF jawans were heckled, hit and kicked by a mob in Nashrullahpora, Budgam. The incident was recorded by locals.

"Incidents like these are case study for us. 2-3 personnel received injury and were provided medical aid. An FIR was lodged based on the complaint. The company commander, sectional commander and the soldiers were made available to record the statement," a senior officer said.

Sources also said the police have identified the youths who attacked the CRPF personnel and action against them is expected soon.

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