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CRPF wants special training to handle riots

Jammu: The CRPF has sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for undertaking special training for its personnel in handling riots and other law and order situations.

New CRPF recruits have been given a nine-month training in jungle warfare and anti-insurgency operations, Inspector General, CRPF, Jammu, A S Sidhu told reporters Wednesday after a passing out parade of 278 CRPF recruits at Bantalab here.

“CRPF has sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for undertaking special training for its personnel in handling different situations, including riots,” he said.

To a question on CRPF’s preparedness to deal with stone-pelters in Kashmir Valley, the IG said this was for the first time that Kashmir has witnessed such large-scale stone-pelting incidents.

“Now we are well equipped to deal with the situation of stone pelters in the Valley, although Rapid Action Force (RAF) is specially trained to deal with the crowds,” he said.

He said the CRPF would be deployed at sensitive places, including places of worship, ahead of Independence Day to foil any possible attempts by militants to disturb law and order in Jammu province.

“In consultation with IGP Jammu and Army, we have worked out a plan for deployment of CRPF at sensitive places, including religious places, in Jammu province,” he said.

“We also plan to undertake random patrolling in different areas of the city and other towns as an additional measure of security,” Sidhu said.

These measures are part of a strategy to thwart any militant design, he said.

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