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Peace is in the air: CRPF vacates 25 year old camp from stone pelting epicentre


Back bone: Paramilitary force performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the Valley

Call it a dividend of peace; the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has started vacating one of the oldest and super-sensitive camps in the stone pelting hub of the old Srinagar city.The camp housing the company of 49 battalion CRPF in Kawdara area was established at the onset of militancy 25 years ago. From housing Border Security Force (BSF) troops to CRPF soldiers, the camp has seen many upheavals during the heydays of militancy and the stone pelting.Come 2015, the CRPF has decided to vacate the camp and hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police. “The camp is in the process of shifting. There was one company of 49 battalion comprising around 100 men located in the camp. We will hand it over to the Jammu and Kashmir Police,” Ashish Kumar Jha, CRPF spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considered as super-sensitive camp of the valley, scores of the CRPF soldiers were injured in stone pelting particularly during 2008 and 2010 agitation. Since the camp is old city, it was always at the receiving end of the stone throwers who used to target it almost every day.”During the peak time of the stone pelting (during Amarnath land row of 2008 and 2010 groundswell) this camp suffered a lot. So many of our men were injured in the stone pelting. It was a super sensitive camp. Prior to CRPF, this camp housed BSF as well. It has been there for the last 25 years”, said Jha.CRPF performs a dual role of managing the law and order and fighting militants in the strife torn Jammu and Kashmir. The paramilitary force plays key role in helping the local police in the counter-insurgency duties. Most of the times they conduct joint operation with the cops and other security agencies. Govt welcomes the decision There are around 47 battalions of CRPF deployed in the Kashmir valley of which around 25 battalions are posted in capital city of Srinagar mostly to quell the street protests and stone pelting.The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has gone gaga over the shifting of the camp describing it as the major achievement of 10 month old Mufti Mohommad Sayeed led government in Jammu and Kashmir. “Shifting ofCRPF camp from Kawdara is a welcome step. People of the state are benefiting from visionary leadership of Mufti Saheb,” said Khursheed Alam, Srinagar district president of PDP.

Girls in Kashmir learn art of self defence

Clad in white head scarves, the girls were seen training in the camp with great enthusiasm.

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To combat rising incidents of crime against women, Kashmir Taekwondo Association has organised camps across the state to teach self-defence to girls. The camp, set up in Tangmarg area of Baramulla district, encouraged many girls in rural areas of the Valley to participate.More than 30 girls from different schools showed keen interest to take part in the training sessions at one such camp on Thursday. “The girls, these days, should not be dependent on others. They should learn to protect themselves. They should know techniques of self-defence. Sir has given us an opportunity to play for the nation. I want to reach up to the international level. I have won a silver medal today; someday I will win gold,” said Asiya Javeed, a participant.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coach and trainer, Shuja Shah, was seen teaching Korean martial art Taekwondo to the girls. In this martial art a heavy emphasis is given on kicks. According to the organisers, the prime motive of this camp is to make the girls tough and teach them techniques of self-defence to protect themselves. “We know that our girls these days are toiling hard. They are unsafe and they should be taught self-defence. ……that is why I want taekwondo and martial arts. Every girl should learn martial art, because it is the need of the hour,” said Shah.Clad in white head scarves, the girls were seen training in the camp with great enthusiasm. They said they were happy that such a training session was being held in their area because earlier such camps were organised only in Srinagar.

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