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Rapid Action Force training CRPF personnel to tackle protesters in Kashmir Valley

CRPF personnel are being given special training to help curb civilian protests in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2017 07:12 IST
Azaan Javaid
Azaan Javaid
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A Kashmiri protester throws a rock at security forces during a protest in Srinagar.
A Kashmiri protester throws a rock at security forces during a protest in Srinagar.(AP file photo)

Paramilitary forces deputed in parts of Kashmir Valley are being given special training to help them curb civilian protests in a more efficient way, thus inflicting minimum damage to the protesters.

The move comes a year after scores of civilians were killed during the 2016 agitation that followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Officials told Hindustan Times that the Rapid Action Force (RAF) is currently conducting the six-week training exercise for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in south and central Kashmir.

“The purpose of such training is minimum damage and maximum control,” said KS Bhandari RAF inspector general.

He added that the CRPF will be inculcated with training and use of modern weaponry that will help them with the “special law and order situation” which exists in the Valley.

“The CRPF has to undergo a re-orientation of sorts to adapt to the increasingly violent street protests in the Valley. They have to be more careful while handling their weapons and at the same time protect themselves,” he said.

The training was approved by the Union homes ministry earlier this month when home minister Rajnath Singh was about to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 07:12 IST