LUCKNOW: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir have gone down and asserted that security forces were fully prepared to get the Urban Local Body (ULB) polls conducted in the State.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event of the Central Reserve Police Force here, Singh said security forces have given a “befitting reply” to militants in the Kashmir valley. Incidents of violence have come down in the recent past, he said.
When asked about the overall security situation in the State, the Minister said the forces were vigilant.
Singh also said Pakistan was not mending its ways, indicating that the neighbouring country was fuelling infiltration and militancy activities in Kashmir.
The polls will see a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress, with major regional political parties – the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – boycotting the election over the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.
The Home Minister also asserted that Jammu and Kashmir, where the CRPF is deployed as the lead counter-militancy force, has been and will be an “inseparable” part of India.Some youth there (J-K) have been misled into militancy, but this force has ensured security commendably, he said.
Talking about the specific role of the RAF, a special unit under the CRPF, during riots and protests, the Home Minister advised them to be prompt and rapid but never “reckless.” All the police forces are like civilised units and they should never do anything that will label them as “brutal.”
The force is part of the Central Reserve Police Force, the country’s largest paramilitary force or the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) with over 3 lakh personnel. It was raised and made fully operational in October, 1992. It has 10 battalions (of about 10,000) based in various parts of the country in order to cut down response time to counter an incident of trouble.
The 10 existing RAF battalions are based in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Aligarh, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut. Five of its new bases are in Jaipur, Varanasi, Mangalore, Hajipur(Bihar) and Nuh (Haryana).