Abrogation of Article 370 improved law-and-order situation: Top CRPF officer
The law-and-order situation in Kashmir has improved a lot since the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, a top CRPF officer said on Sunday. The force's Inspector General (Operations), Kashmir, Deepak Ratan asserted that security forces have changed their standard operating procedures, equipment, and training to ensure that terror attack like that in Pulwama in 2019 doesn't recur.
Top leaderships of prominent militant outfits have been destroyed: Ratan
Ratan was speaking on the sidelines of an event organized to pay tributes to the 40 CRPF jawans killed in the 2019 Pulwama attack, at Lethpora. Asserting that the top leaderships of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, and other militant outfits have been destroyed, he said, "Their network has been dismantled. It has also had an effect on their recruitment which has witnessed a decline."
SOPs revised, training upgraded to respond to future situations
The CRPF officer said that the force has undertaken radical changes in its strategy in Kashmir after the attack. "We have revised the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for every duty that we undertake and not just the road opening party duty. We have undergone upgradation in training, including in how to respond to situations we could face which are unique in Kashmir," he added.
Weaponry upgraded, innovative use of technology; CCTVs on highways
Ratan said that the force has also upgraded weaponry and technology has been used in such a way that such incidents are not repeated. The IG CRPF also said that the use of drones and CCTV cameras on the National Highway has made a huge difference in the security of the convoys.
'We have modified our vehicles,' says Ratan
"We have installed CCTV cameras, drones, and face-recognition cameras. We have modified our vehicles in such a way that in the event of an attack on a convoy or a civilian vehicle, the terrorists will be given a befitting reply," Ratan said.
The country shares your pain, Ratan tells families of martyrs
The CRPF officer said that the force salutes the families of the martyrs and assures them that the whole country is with them. "They are part of the CRPF family and the whole country shares their pain and will be with them shoulder-to-shoulder," he added. Ratan along with other officials of the CRPF and police paid floral tributes to the 40 martyred CRPF personnel.