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CRPF says, accident due to stone pelting; Police refutes

Srinagar, May 27: Nineteen paramilitary CRPF personnel were injured early this morning when their vehicle met with an accident here,  police said.

A CRPF vehicle turned turtle after its driver lost control near the Bemina headquarter of the paramilitary force, a police official said.

He said 21 personnel were on board the vehicle which was part of a three-vehicle convoy.

“19 CRPF personnel have received injuries. The injured were taken to nearby JVC Hospital wherefrom seven of them were shifted to the Army’s Base Hospital here. One of the CRPF personnel is critical as he has received injury in the spinal cord and was airlifted to New Delhi for specialised treatment,” the official said.

IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi, according to GNS news agency, had claimed that “some miscreants pelted stones” on the vehicle, which caused the accident. This was however refuted by the police with SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray, according to the same news agency saying that based on CCTV camera footage it is clear that there was no stone pelting going on in the area.

He said the mishap occurred as the CRPF driver lost control over the vehicle.

“The CCTV footage was procured and it is clearly seen that the driver lost control which resulted in the mishap,” SSP said while confirming that 19 troopers were injured in the incident.

He said that a case under relevant sections of law has been registered.

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