CRPF Showcases ‘CSRV Vehicle’ in Awantipora Encounter

SRINAGAR: The modern bullet and bomb-proof vehicle introduced by CRPF that was recently deployed during a gunfight between militants and army in the Awantipora area of Kashmir on Tuesday, came under spotlight after the photograph of one such vehicle during the operation was circulated on social media.

The Hindustan Times reported, the CSRV or Critical Situation Response Vehicle can accommodate at least three commandos and be raised to reach the upper floors of a building while shielding them from the bullets, in counter insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir’s urban areas.

Two CSRVs were designed and developed for counter-terror operations in urban or semi-urban areas during 2018-2020, The Hindustan Times reported.

CRPF officers have two CSRVs and one of them was used in Pulwama as the two militants refused to surrender and continued to fire indiscriminately at forces.

The hard armour at CSRV’s front can also be used to break walls and provide an entry into a building.

CSRVs came under the spotlight after the photograph of one of them at the scene of Tuesday’s operation in JK’s Awantipora was circulated on social media.

Pertinent to mention, the two militants Aqib Mushtaq Bhatt and Aijaz Ahmad Bhatt blamed for the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit days earlier were shot dead in the operation in Awantipora. An army man was also killed and another was injured in the operation.

The two were hiding in a mosque and were also allegedly involved in the killing of two migrant workers last year.


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