February 2017 News

CRPF Doesn't Want To Do Guard Duty In Kashmir Anymore; Mehbooba Mum

5 February 2017
The New Indian Express
Rakesh K Singh

New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) the main paramilitary force based in the Kashmir Valley doesn't want to handle law and order any more. In November, it reminded the Jammu and Kashmir police of its desire to focus on the counter-insurgency (CI) grid instead. Special Director General of CRPF's J&K Zone even submitted a detailed plan to the DGP of the state to facilitate corridor protection. According to documents with The Sunday Standard, the CRPF has been sucked completely into Law and Order mode since 2010. '2010 onward: CRPF sucked completely into Law & Order mode, losing its OP (operational) edge. J&K Police continuing to favour army over us (CRPF) in CI Ops,' the document states. No reply has been forthcoming from the state government, CRPF officials said. Over a year back, the force had appraised the Union Home Ministry of the same. The CRPF faces the brunt of local anger in any anti-terror situation, like after Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani's liquidation by the state police. The Doval establishment's strategy in Kashmir is to avoid direct confrontation between national forces and pro-separatist mobs said sources. In the 1990's, Special Task Force (STF) of the J&K police successfully wiped out the Hizbul Mujahedeen, which saw a recent revival, with killed terrorists such as Burhan Wani achieving cult status. Since then, the J&K police itself has been relying on the Army for conducting CI operations. However, a CRPF official said the Army itself has sought CRFF's protection of its installations and securing its camps after a series of attacks in the Valley, especially after the Nagrota incident. The Union Home Ministry turned down the plea, said former CRPF IG and chairman of the Ex CPMF Welfare Associations VPS Panwar. Ironically CRPF depends on the state Government for infrastructural facilities like housing and its operational control is with the DGP of the state.