A top Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer has said there are always chances of “bullets flying all over” hitting somebody during encounters.
He was responding to a media query on the killing of a woman in Shopian earlier this week during a gunfight between militants and government forces . Local residents and family members had accused the forces of killing Beauty Jan while the police had said she had died in “cross firing.”
“Rule of law is very important. Once the restrictions have been imposed in the area, it becomes imperative on the citizen to follow the instructions. Now, if the rule of law is not being followed and if somebody comes out and as you know that encounter is going on, the bullets are flying all over, there is a chance that it may hit somebody,” media reports quoted Inspector General CRPF Ravideep Sahi as saying on the sidelines of a event in Srinagar.
Sahi said “forces always maintain lot of restraint.”
He also termed government’s amnesty to “stone pelters” as a “good step,” saying “it will encourage people to shun the path of violence.”