40 Per Cent CRPF Deployed In J&K17 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Jammu Sector, Dinesh Kumar, today said that no directions have been received from the Force Headquarters (Delhi) or the Home Ministry regarding pull out of CRPF battalions from Jammu and Kashmir State. Talking to the Excelsior at the sidelines of a function held at Ban Talab Group Centre of the Force here today, the IG said, 'we have received no such directions regarding pull out of the CRPF battalions from any part so far. Some officials at the Home Ministry must have issued statement regarding cut in para-military forces in the J&K State but we have also learnt it from media. No any direction has been received by us from the Force headquarters or the Home Ministry', he maintained. Responding to another question, the Inspector General further said even during Unified Headquarters review meet held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, no such issue came up under discussion. 'I would rather say that nothing of the sort was heard regarding forces cut in the State. We personally feel that some more forces would be needed in view of the challenges being posed here', the IG added. When asked about any earlier move regarding pull out of some companies or battalions, IG said about 40 % of the total CRPF force (nearly 80 Battalions), have been deployed in J&K state out of the total 216 in the country. The highest number of CRPF battalions are only in J&K. Some time back, there was demand of 10 battalions of the Force in Naxal hit States including Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh. It was then proposed to withdraw some battalions from here. Thereafter, the decision was reviewed and no such proposal came here. Referring to the mobility of the force, Mr Kumar said Force battalions keep on moving from one part of the country to another as per the requirement and evolved strategies. It is not exactly like the Army but something similar to the Army units. The highly trained CRPF men for anti-terrorist operations are mostly deployed in the areas like J&K, North East or the Naxal-hit States. At present most of the CRPF battalions are serving in such pockets in the country and they are being provided specialized training to counter insurgency, he added. On being asked about the preparedness of the CRPF in view of BJP’s proposed flag hoisting programme at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26, the CRPF, IG said in view of the challenge, the movement of some force at few places has been made. The issue was thoroughly discussed during yesterday’s meet and strategy has been devised to deal with any sort of law and order problem. The forces would work in close coordination and were capable to deal with any situation. During anti-terrorist operations as well the force is working in close coordination with Army and Police. Earlier, the IG presented trophies to the CRPF battalions for their performance. Best Administrative Battalion trophy went to 16 Bn and Commandant K L Lamba received it from IG Dinesh Kumar. Best Cost effectiveness and financial disciplined Bn award went to 20th Bn which is presently deployed in Assam. Suraj Kumar Yadav Dy Comdt received the trophy. Best Operational Battalion trophy was bagged by 76 Bn and Dy Comdt Jaswinder Singh received it while Quick Action Team trophy went to 6th Bn and Commandant Sanjay Kumar received the same. The runners up trophy went to 166 battalion of the CRPF and Narender Paul, Commandant received the trophy. DIGs, Kulbir Singh, Sant Ram Panthi, N K Yadav and Prahalad were also present.