Security Forces Have Upper Hand Over Militants: Special DG CRPF

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Wreath laying ceremony for slain CRPF personnel was held at Humhama in the outskirts of Srinagar- KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Anti-Militancy Ops To Be Intensified: J&K DGP  

Srinagar: A day after three CRPF personnel were killed in a surprise militant attack in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, special Director General of CRPF Zulfiqar Hassan said Tuesday that the security forces continue to have upper hand over militant organisations and anti-national forces.

Talking to journalists after visiting the shootout spot in Qaziabad Handwara today, Hassan said that the attack was carried out on joint team of police and CRPF when they were performing their duties. He said the exchange of fire continued for nearly 30 minutes leaving three CRPF personnel killed.

“We have started working out on it. Those responsible for this attack will not be spared and action will be taken against them,” he said.

The Special DG further said that sometimes such incidents occur when the forces lose their own men in the attacks

“Militant attacks keep on happening in Valley. Indian army, CRPF and police have upper hand in fight against the militancy and anti-national organisations. We are on top of the situation,” he said.

He said that investigations were being carried out into the death of a teenager in cross-firing.

When asked if militants used steel bullets in the Qaziabad attack, Hassan said that these were operational details and as such can’t be disclosed in public.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said today that despite pandemic, the security forces will carry out anti-militancy operations across Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to the media persons at RTC Humhama on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of three slain CRPF troopers, Singh said that it was after a long time, police and security forces were facing multiple challenges in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Covid in itself is a big challenge. Thousands of policemen and other forces are deployed around quarantine centres and hospitals. Our teams are covering contract tracing teams and are looking after red and orange zones. And besides it, the forces are also tackling law and order situation and carrying out counter-terrorist operations,” he said.

Revealing details of Qaziabad encounter, DGP said that the CRPF troopers were facing an orchard when they observed a civilian crowd passing through it. The troopers, he said ordered the civilians to stop and come ahead for checking.

“Two men who opened fire at the party. They also returned the fire. Two of our men died at the spot while another was critically injured. A mentally unsound boy who was part of the civil crowd also died in the incident,” he said.

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