New Delhi: After more than 1,000 Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) deployed in Kashmir suffered injuries due to violent protests across the Valley, the CRPF is planning to equip its troops with full body armour and enhanced compensation.
The CRPF will procure 6,500 body protection suits via a global tender due to the unrests pertaining to the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani.
A senior officer said that while only 22 personnel were injured last year in Jammu and Kashmir, the number has risen astoundingly to reach 1,051 since July 8.
Director General of the CRPF, K Durga Prasad on Monday said that a compensation of Rs 25,000 will be given to those who suffer grave injuries. In addition, he announced that Rs 4,000 will be given to those whose injuries are minor while those with critical injuries, like bullet wounds, will be given Rs 50,000 compensation.
While many troops deployed in Kashmir have sustained grave and minor injuries, the rippling effect of the violence has been the same on the civilian’s side too. Due to the use of pellet guns by the army, many protesters have been maimed for life, losing their eyesight and suffering crippling injuries. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier promised that the army will relax the use of pellet against the protesters. The death toll in Kashmir protests has risen to 48.