Stone-pelter arrested for slapping CRPF jawan

Srinagar: Five persons were arrested on Friday in Kashmir's Budgam district for heckling a paramilitary trooper on Sunday during the by-poll for Srinagar parliamentary seat.

"Based on video and other evidence, five persons have been detained for questioning in connection with the heckling of a CRPF jawan in Chadoora of Budgam district," police said.

A video had gone viral showing some youth kicking a CRPF trooper on April 9 after the polling process ended in the constituency.

Senior officers of the CRPF had said the exemplary restraint shown by the trooper was testimony to the fact that the CRPF had been discharging its duties in Kashmir with restraint and under extremely difficult conditions.

In another development, state police chief S.P. Vaid confirmed that an FIR has been lodged against a paramilitary trooper who is seen in a video shooting directly at the head of a stone pelter during protests in Budgam on April 9.

Eight civilians were killed in bloody clashes between the security forces and protestors on April 9.

Of these, seven protestors were killed in Budgam and one in Ganderbal district.