CRPF shame:Faking action to sustain Jammu and Kashmir succes story

Faking actionSRINAGAR: From encounters to arrests, and now recovery of arms, fake actions have evolved as a standard fall-back system for showing consistent successes and disturbed conditions in the strife-torn state. The recent incident of CRPF jawans ‘finding’ a cache of arms from an isolated house at Teligarh Chinote in Bhaderwah hours before UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s visit to chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s hometown is just the latest case in point.

Police investigations indicate that arms were planted and later recovered by the CRPF. Reports said three persons have already been picked up and the investigations are in an advanced stage. SSP Doda Manohar Singh, who has a vast experience in counter-insurgency operations, is entrusted with the case.

On Friday, CRPF IGP J C Dabas confirmed to reporters in Jammu that their men had busted a militant hideout at Teligarh Chinote on Thursday evening. Apart from three kg of RDX, the cache included two Chinese grenades, a grenade launcher, two detonators, seven rounds of AK-47 riffle, four rounds of Pika Gun, a wireless set and a mobile phone charger. B S Dara, who commands 113 Battalion, has claimed to have led the operation.

Though no militant action would have impacted Ms Gandhi’s interaction with locals— she actually spent over 20 minutes there—the ‘find’ triggered ripples within the security grid. Since, the police had not been informed well in time about the action, it necessitated investigations.

Massive deployments and mechanical scans in a vast belt, according to the police, had left no room for presence of militants or the weaponry. Ms Gandhi was accompanied by home minister Shivraj Patil, Mr Azad and top Union government officials.

Investigators have found that the house from which the arms were found was secluded with no evidence of anyone living there. One report, not immediately confirmed, suggested statements of some of the witnesses who had seen some people going to the house minutes before the ‘find’ were recorded. Reports from Jammu said three civilians have been rounded up for ‘planting the cache of weapons’ at the behest of a CRPF man.

The CRPF on Thursday had sought some cops for patrolling. Though three cops were deputed by Bhaderwah police station, their services were not utilised for three hours. The police were informed of the incident only on Friday evening, around 20 hours after the incident. The CRPF has also deputed a DIG rank officer to investigate the case, reports added.

The mere ordering of investigations has dented CRPF’s credibility. The force, which took over select places including Srinagar and a few towns from BSF three years back, has 72 battalions deployed there and is getting five more battalions this year.

But these ‘fake’ achievements are not restricted to any particular force. Instances of fake encounters for claiming medals and promotions are part of the Army’s most recent history. The police also have two SSP rank officers and half a dozen cops behind bars for a spate of civilian deaths in fake encounters for honours.

Interestingly, DIG M Farooq Khan, who ordered investigations into the CRPF’s fake find, was part of the worst fake encounter of Panchalthan, in which five civilians were killed by the Army and the police in a joint operation, on the pretext that they were responsible for killing 35 Sikhs of Chittisinghpora in March 2000 when Bill Clinton was visiting India. Mr Khan’s was placed under suspension by the J&K government, but was reinstated and promoted after the tribunal dismissed the case.



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