AFSPA not applicable to us: DG CRPF

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‘Strategy to curb weapon snatching’

Srinagar: The CRPF revealed on Thursday that AFSPA is not applicable to it and that it cannot comment over whether it should continue to be scrapped from Jammu and Kashmir.

“AFSPA is not applicable to us. So, I would not like to comment on this,” Director General CRPF Prakash Mishra told reporters here, adding, he is giving a proposal to the Jammu and Kashmir government for special recruitment of youth here.

“We are happy that Kashmiri youth are taking part in army recruitment rallies. Chief Minister is also keen that more youths should join the forces,” the DG CRPF said.

Commenting over the recent killing of two of its personnel in Anantnag district, the DG maintained that CRPF is working on changing the strategy of deployment and patrolling in order to curb the incidents of weapon-snatching by militants. “Strategy will be changed to stop weapon snatching incidents. Do not want militants to take away our weapons or that we suffer any damages in these incidents. We are working on that,” Mishra said

The DG CRPF was replying to a question about the killing of two personnel of the force at Sangam in Anantnag district on Sunday in a militant attack.

The militants fled from the scene taking along the weapons of the slain cops.

He maintained that it is very difficult to rule out such incidents and that the CRPF is changing the road opening drill so that it would be able to do its job and its personnel also remain safe. He added that apart from that, CRPF is working with the state police to tackle militancy. He however, he was quick to add that such incidents cannot be stopped immediately and that it will take time.

Mishra also said that there are no inputs that militants are planning to carry out attacks on  the forth coming annual Amarnath Yatra.

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