CRPF wants special training to handle riots

The CRPF has sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for undertaking special training for its personnel in handling riots and other law and order situations.

Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 14:16 PM IST

Jammu: The CRPF has sent a proposal to
the Home Ministry for undertaking special training for its
personnel in handling riots and other law and order
situations.

New CRPF recruits have been given a nine-month
training in jungle warfare and anti-insurgency operations,
Inspector General, CRPF, Jammu, A S Sidhu told reporters Wednesday
after a passing out parade of 278 CRPF recruits at Bantalab
here.

"CRPF has sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for
undertaking special training for its personnel in handling
different situations, including riots," he said.

To a question on CRPF`s preparedness to deal with
stone-pelters in Kashmir Valley, the IG said this was for the
first time that Kashmir has witnessed such large-scale
stone-pelting incidents.

"Now we are well equipped to deal with the situation
of stone pelters in the Valley, although Rapid Action Force
(RAF) is specially trained to deal with the crowds," he said.

He said the CRPF would be deployed at sensitive
places, including places of worship, ahead of Independence Day
to foil any possible attempts by militants to disturb law and
order in Jammu province.

"In consultation with IGP Jammu and Army, we have
worked out a plan for deployment of CRPF at sensitive places,
including religious places, in Jammu province," he said.

"We also plan to undertake random patrolling in
different areas of the city and other towns as an additional
measure of security," Sidhu said.

These measures are part of a strategy to thwart any
militant design, he said.

PTI