KL NEWS NETWORK
CRPF has shifted about half-a-dozen of its heavy-armored mine protected vehicles (MPVs) to Kashmir Valley to for security reasons after the ambush in Pampore in which its eight personnel were killed, a news gathering agency reported.
The vehicles are being currently used in Naxalite areas of north east.
“We have shifted some of our MPVs from Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-hit areas to the Kashmir valley to effectively secure our men during convoy movements and road opening tasks. The MPVs are ready for deployment for operations in Kashmir. If need arises, we could bring in more,” CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad told the agency.
He said it is envisaged that the MPVs will provide better protection in case of a militant ambush and firing on the troops, similar to what was seen in Pampore.
CRPF has about 60 battalions in Jammu and Kashmir. Each battalion has about 1,000 personnel.