Tackling Fidayeen is battle of wits: IG CRPF
4 August 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Claming that there was 'not a single case of human rights violation against Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kashmir valley as on date', Inspector General (IG) of CRPF, S S Rawat, today said that they had not fully taken over charge of counter insurgency operations as yet. He said that all the CRPF camps had been sanitised against possible Fidayeen attacks from militants but maintained that troops could not do much about these attacks as the initiative rested with the Fidayeen, who were always on the offensive. Addressing a news conference here this morning, the IG CRPF said that the force was 'doing exceptionally well' in close coordination with other security forces operating in the State. 'There is not a single case of human rights violation against CRPF in Kashmir valley as on date,' he asserted. When asked whether the CRPF had taken full charge from the Border Security Force (BSF) in the Valley, Mr Rawat said that the process was yet to be completed. 'Iím not in a position to tell it when the CRPF will take over fully from the BSF,' he said. He said that the CRPF had tackled the recent Fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Dal Lake in a 'nice manner'. He said that neither tourists nor the civilians faced casualty as also no building had been damaged as had precedence for quite sometime with such kind of attacks. He brushed aside all reports of the third Fidayeen having fled away from the spot. Rawat said that after the attack on the CRPF camp in Dal Lake, security bandobast was re-scheduled on gates of the CRPF camps. He asserted that after the beef up in security around the camps clubbed with intense area domination and night patrolling, it was not possible for the Fidayeen to storm any camp from the front gates. 'It is a battle of wits. The Fidayeen are on a look for striking wherever there is possibility of more causality. However, they have to look for other possibilities if they want to sneak inside a camp.' The CRPF Valley chief said that 238 companies of the Force had already been deployed in Anantnag, Budgam, Kupwara, Baramulla and the highly sensitive old Srinagar city. 'Of late, 22 companies of CRPF including one women regiment were deployed for the protection of the Amarnath yatris,' he added. He said that the CRPF was guarding the yatris at Nunwan, Chandanwari and Baltal camps. 'The yatris are safe and everything so far there is fine,' he said. When asked he had told in a press conference in Jammu that there was possibility of attack on the yatra, he replied 'We canít rule out the possibility of an attack on the yatra. But weíve made all possible arrangements to thwart any such attack.'