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Row erupts over mob attack on CRPF vehicle in J&K, Union Minister hits back at Omar Abdullah; internet services down in Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has also criticised media reports showing just one aspect of the incident.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Updated: June 02, 2018 11:55 IST ]
Image Source : PTI

Security forces have come under frequent attacks by stone pelting mob in the Kashmir  Valley. (File Photo)

The mob attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle on Friday (June 1) has triggered an uproar with the government slamming those trying to take political advantage of the incident. Images of a couple of men being allegedly ran over by the CRPF jeep, which came under attack by a violent mob in Srinagar, went viral on Friday. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah had targeted the Mehbooba Mufti government over the incident.

"Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps and paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?" Omar Abdullah had tweeted on Friday.

Abdullah's tweet invited a sharp response from the Union government. Describing the attack on CRPF vehicle as condemnable, Union Minister Jitendra Singh slammed leader's like Omar Abdullah for making security forces a 'soft target'.

"Nothing is more condemnable than attack on security forces.There has been a practice in Kashmir centric political circles to make security forces a soft target but they don't have courage & conviction to call a terrorist, terrorist," Jitendra Singh said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has also criticised media reports showing just one aspect of the incident. The J&K Police tweeted a set of photos showing how a police vehicle is being attacked by stone pelters.

Tension in Valley, internet service suspended 

Meanwhile, reports said that a youth allegedly run over by a CRPF vehicle succumbed to his injuries on Saturday prompting authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to suspended internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts.

Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.

The speed of broadband internet connections have also been brought down to prevent uploading of provocative posts and pictures.

Rail services between north Kashmir's Baramulla and the Bannihal town in Jammu region were suspended for the day.

Watch: CRPF vehicle attacked by stone pelters in Srinagar

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