New Delhi: The incidents of stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir are on a rise with women too joining the pelters. To tackle this situation, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has formed a team of lady commandos. These commandos have been given rigorous training including being blindfolded to deal with night deployment and repairing weapons within a minute in case of malfunctions.
The security forces have been repeatedly challenged by the incidents of stone pelting across the Valley in recent times. The decision to raise all-women battalion comes after it was observed that girl students were throwing stones at security forces in Srinagar.
The battalion would also be assigned other law and order duties but its personnel will be primarily deployed for tackling protesters.
After the government advertised for the 5,000 posts in the IRBs, more than 1.4 lakh people from the State, including 6,000 women, applied. An official claimed that nearly 40 percent of the applicants were from the Kashmir Valley.
Earlier on May 7, R. Thirumani (22), a tourist from Chennai, died in a hospital after being hit by a stone during clashes in Narbal area.
On May 2, a bus carrying school students was attacked by stone-pelters in Zawoora village of Shopian district. Also, seven tourists were injured when stone-throwers targeted vehicles in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on April 30, ANI reported.
Last year, a report by Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) stated that the Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supplied Rs 800 crore to Kashmiri separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Asiya Andrabi to fuel unrest in the Valley. According to the report, the funds supplied by the ISI were used to pay off stone-pelters and petrol bomb throwers.
In the local language, stone pelting it is called “Kanni Jung”, which means fighting with stones and the stone pelters are known as Sangbaaz.