Only 564 civilians got injured in baton-charge, police firing in 2016: NCRB
SRINAGAR, Dec 10: In 2016, only 564 civilians got injured in lathi-charge and forces firing in Jammu and Kashmir, claims a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.
The NCRB 2016 report says that 759 civilians were injured during lathi-charge across the country in 2016.
“375 civilians were injured in 1,959 lathi-charge incidents in 2016 by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir,” the NCRB report reads. It says that 189 civilians got injured in firing in the previous year in the state.
The data reveals that 29 civilians died in lathi-charge ordered by the J&K Police, while 15 died due to firing by police and forces during the protests in the valley.
The NCRB claims that forces resorted to firing and lathi-charge to control “crowds during riots, and in self-defence”.
The figures are about the year, when Kashmir Valley witnessed six-month unrest following killing of Hizbul Mujahidin commander Burhan Wani.
As per the media reports, over 15,000 persons have got injured in forces action and around 90 people died during the 2016 unrest in the valley.
Several injured also lost their eyes to the pellets fired by the forces. However, there is no mention of those who got injured by pellets in the valley in the NCRB report.
Earlier, Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had, said that 8,932 civilians were injured in 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to NCRB data, Haryana witnessed 22 civilian deaths due to police firing in 2016, which is highest among all the states in the country.
It says that not a single civilian was killed or injured in Haryana due to lathi-charge during the Jat agitation in the state.
The NCRB data says that 4,713 policemen were injured in 2016. Of these, 4,502 policemen were injured in J&K alone while dealing with law and order problem.
One policeman died in JK in such incidents, it reads.
Earlier, Hurriyat Conference (M) had released a report, claiming that 2016 was one of the “deadliest years” in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
“389 people including civilians, militants and security forces were killed in violent incidents in the state during 2016,” the Hurriyat Conference (M) said, in its annual report, released earlier this year.
“The number of injured during the year is over 16,000,” it had said.