'CPRF to fortify VIP areas in Kashmir Valley'
26 October 2005
New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has enhanced security in VIP residential areas of the Kashmir Valley in the wake of the recent assassination of State Education Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone by terrorists. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday in the run-up to its 66th anniversary celebrations on October 29, the CRPF Director-General, J.K. Sinha, said more personnel were being deployed at places like Tulsi Bagh to prevent any such attacks in future. Recalling contributions made by the force in containing terrorist activities in the Kashmir Valley and other parts of the country, Mr. Sinha informed that till September this year the CRPF had eliminated 181 militants and arrested 1,899 of them. During these operations, 55 CRPF personnel laid down their lives. 'In the coming year, our priority areas would be to upgrade operational efficiency with qualitative and quantitative improvement of training inputs and to rationalise deployment with a view to gaining optimum utilisation,' said Mr. Sinha. A training institute will be set up soon at Rohtak in Haryana. Conceding that there was too much stress on the CRPF personnel due to the nature of their job, Mr. Sinha said efforts were being made to make sure that they availed of their leave. 'We seek to improve the quality of life of the CRPF personnel through proper care,' he added. The CRPF plans to help the personnel in even getting their personal problems like land disputes back at their native places solved by coordinating with the local agencies.