JAMMU, AUG 24: Asserting that CRPF has been combating the internal security challenges effectively the Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), R R Bhatnagar said as many as 142 militants have been eliminated in anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir this year. He stated this while addressing a press conference at 33 Battalion CRPF, here today.
There are approximately 200-250 militant still operating in Kashmir Valley, he told reporters here.
The DG asserted that the law and order situation is “better” in Kashmir compared to 2016-17 and the number of injured personnel has decreased.
As part of efforts to discourage youth from joining militants, he said a helpline called Madadgar was started by the force which received 2.5 lakh calls during last one year.
DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar IPS is on a visit to Jammu based CRPF Units and attended an event in which he honoured the Shaurya Chakra winners of the Force from 33 Bn CRPF by inaugurating the newly built accommodation named after them for Jawans of the Unit. Vezoto Tinyi, Second-in-Command and Inspector Dharam Vir Singh were awarded Shaurya Chakra for displaying exemplary courage during terrorist attack on Ram Janam Bhumi / Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in year 2005. The barracks are named as ‘Veer Vezoto Tinyi Barracks’ and ‘Veer Dharam Vir Barracks’. Besides barracks for jawans, newly built family quarters were also inaugurated by Shri Bhatnagar. During interaction with media, DG said that ever since its inception, CRPF has executed each and every task assigned to it and has proved its mettle. He further said that CRPF is a pan India Force with the responsibility of combating terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, Left Wing Extremism and Insurgency in North-East among others. He appreciated the hard work and commitment of the Force personnel who are performing their duties with utmost sincerity in spite of challenging conditions. He emphasized upon the modernization and infrastructure development being done in the Force. He remembered the martyrs of the Force and reiterated that we are indebted to their supreme sacrifice. He emphasized that the Force is committed to the welfare of the Force personnel besides welfare of their families and families of martyrs. We are working to provide good living conditions and a better working atmosphere to the Force personnel. Earlier in the day, Shri Bhatnagar visited 6 Bn CRPF Katra and reviewed the security arrangement at the shrine. He also paid homage to martyr Havildar Harvinder Singh of Katra based 6 Bn CRPF who sacrificed his life while saving the life of a pilgrim during landslide on the very same day 24th August two years back. Late Havildar Harvinder Singh was awarded Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Raksha Padak by the Govt. of India in recognition of his supreme sacrifice. During the day, Shri Bhatnagar inspected the ongoing works and also laid foundation stone of Gazetted Officers’ Mess at new CRPF camp being constructed at Kootah, Hiranagar. Among those present during the programs were Shri V.S.K Kaumudi, IPS, ADG J&K Zone, Shri AV Chauhan, IG CRPF Jammu Sector, Shri Vijay Kumar, IG CRPF J&K Zone, other officers, personnel and media personnel.