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

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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.

Retired paramilitary personnel begin stir to press OROP demand

New Delhi: Retired personnel of various paramilitary forces on Monday began a three-day ‘dharna’ in new Delhi demanding one rank one pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category.

An association of former officials of forces like Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal began the sit-in at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to press their demands which they said should be conceded as they are undertaking similar rigours and hardships as the defence forces.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“The dharna is to request and inform the government that its ex-paramilitary personnel are suffering. We have representatives of various states assembled here and they will continue the agitation till 4 November,” National General Secretary of All India Central Paramilitary Forces and Ex-servicemen Welfare Association P S Nair said.

“Our major demands to the government are the granting of OROP to paramilitary veterans like the military personnel, exemption of serving troops from contributory pension scheme and extending full benefits to these forces under the ex-servicemen category,” he said.

President of the Association R B Pathak said the agitation by the paramilitary veterans will “intensify” in the coming days and they will hold a big rally next year if there is no positive communication from the government.

Close to 300 of these veterans assembled at the protest site, very close to where a similar agitation is being held by the ex-servicemen of the armed forces for the prompt implementation of the OROP for them.

They said their ‘fight for right’ agitation has a ten-point charter which includes a demand for change in the their common identity name from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs).

The government has recently said it will soon come out with a notification for OROP implementation for the veterans of the armed forces.

The association of the paramilitary forces said it had sent a memorandum to the government in this regard and after having failed to get a reply it decided to hold the protest.

Veteran Ram Singh said the government was acting in a “discriminatory manner” with regard to paramilitary personnel and they will agitate in all those states which will go to polls.

“The country cannot sleep peacefully even for a day without the paramilitary forces. There is no proper rehabilitation ensured for these forces. We need the support of the government and public in bettering the lives of these men and women who are on job round-the-clock in hard working conditions,” Nair said quoting a statement.

He said that the defence and paramilitary forces should be kept on equal footing while granting service benefits.

The association claims to have support of state chapters in this regard and had met senior government leaders in connection with its demands.

The agitators also demanded that benefits of healthcare and canteen facilities should be extended to the families of both the serving and retired personnel.

There are about nine lakh personnel serving in these forces working under the Union Home Ministry while there are an equal number of retired personnel and their families in the country.

PTI

OROP: Retd paramilitary officials to hold stir from tomorrow

After military veterans, retired paramilitary officials will now hold a ‘dharna’ here tomorrow demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category. An association of former officials of forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB will hold the sit-in at Jantar Mantar for implementation of their demands which they say have been in the waiting for the last over a decade.

The association claims to have support of a maximum number of state chapters in this regard and has met senior government leadership in this context earlier (File Photo)
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After military veterans, retired paramilitary officials will now hold a ‘dharna’ here tomorrow demanding One Rank One Pension (OROP) benefits and other privileges under the ex-servicemen category. An association of former officials of forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB will hold the sit-in at Jantar Mantar for implementation of their demands which they say have been in the waiting for the last over a decade.”Our major demands to the government are the granting of OROP to paramilitary veterans like military personnel, exemption of serving troops from contributory pension scheme and extending full benefits to these forces under the ex-servicemen category.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The ‘dharna’ and protest will begin on November 2 at 10 AM at Jantar Mantar,” national general secretary of the All India Central Paramilitary Forces and Ex-servicemen Welfare Association P S Nair said. He said the association has already sent a memorandum to the government in this regard and failing to get any reply they have decided to begin the protest here. “The country cannot sleep peacefully even for a day without the paramilitary forces. There is no proper rehabilitation ensured for these forces.We need the support of the government and public in bettering the lives of these men and women who are on job 24×7 in hard working conditions,” Nair said, adding the defence and paramilitary forces should be kept on equal footing while granting service benefits.The association claims to have support of a maximum number of state chapters in this regard and has met senior government leadership in this context earlier. The agitators have also demanded that benefits of health care and canteen facilities should be extended to the families of both the serving and retired personnel. “The agitation beginning tomorrow will be held for three-four days and if the government does not listen to us we will begin a large action from March next year,” Nair said.There are about nine lakh personnel serving in these forces working under the Union Home Ministry while there are an equal number of retired personnel and their families in the country.

Ten injured in clash between villagers, SSB jawans in Bihar over alleged beef supply

Sitamarhi: At least 10 persons, including four SSB jawans, were injured in a clash between the paramilitary force personnel and villagers over thrashing of two locals in Kanwa allegedly for carrying beef to Nepal.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) DN Mandal told PTI on Wednesday that the clash broke out on Monday evening when SSB jawans beat up two persons of Kanwa village in Sitamarhi district on Indo-Nepal border for allegedly carrying beef illegally to Nepal.

As news of the thrashing spread, villagers came out in large numbers and clashed with SSB jawans, and both sides also pelted stones at each other, the ADM said.

Four SSB jawans and at least six villagers were injured in the fight, he said.

Peace was restored after intervention of senior district civil and police officials, the ADM said.

Separate FIRs have been registered by SSB and villagers against each other with Bela police station of the district, the ADM said.

One of the injured SSB jawan, Sushil Kumar, alleged that the two persons were illegally carrying beef to Nepal but villagers negated the claim and said the two were carrying some other food items.

SSB has been entrusted the task to guard the border with the Himalayan country.

PTI

Punjab protests: CM Parkash Singh Badal calls emergency cabinet meeting; additional forces deployed

The Congress delegation had earlier today met Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki over law & order situation after which a call rose for President’s rule in the state.

Paramilitary forces have been deployed in four cities in view of the state-wide protest over the desecration of the Sikh holy scriptures

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal will be having an emergency cabinet meeting as the state saw protests for the seventh day following the incident of alleged desecration of Sikh holy books.Tensions mounted in Punjab as additional and paramilitary forces have been deployed in four cities in view of the state-wide protest over the desecration of the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib. The angry protesters have been demanding the arrest of people behind disrespect the holy book and the policemen, who had been involved in the firing on a mob in Faridkot that killed two persons last week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress delegation had earlier today met Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki over law & order situation after which a call rose for President’s rule in the state. “There is a virtual paralysis in the Punjab government. The kind of condition that is there in Punjab, a little spark can be dangerous. The farmers who should be on the farm are on the road and the shops are closed. We requested the governor that until there is peace in the state, President rule should be imposed,” Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said.Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has convened an emergency Cabinet meeting today at 5pm as protests show no sign of stopping. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the Badal yesterday and assured him all possible help from the Centre to defuse the tension prevailing in the state.The Home Minister later briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in Punjab.With agency inputs

Bihar Elections: Various party representatives meet CEC with demands and suggestions for fair polls

The major demands included deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) at booths, steps to maintain communal harmony during festive season, checks on announcements by central ministers that may work as inducement to voters, monitoring of paid news, strengthening of single window system in order to get easy and quick approval and permissions to hold rallies, use of helicopters etc.

Voters waiting for their turn to vote in Bihar during second phase of polling.
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PTI
Representatives of various political parties on Sunday met the Election Commission in Patna and demanded a slew of measures to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling in the remaining phases of the Bihar Assembly elections.The major demands included deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) at booths, steps to maintain communal harmony during festive season, checks on announcements by central ministers that may work as inducement to voters, monitoring of paid news, strengthening of single window system in order to get easy and quick approval and permissions to hold rallies, use of helicopters etc.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, Election Commissioners A K Joti and Om Prakash Rawat met the representatives of different political parties to get feedback and suggestions from them.A three-member full fledged Commission led by Zaidi is on a two-day visit to Bihar to take stock of preparedness for the fourth and fifth phases of Assembly elections.A BJP delegation, led by the party’s state president Mangal Pandey, demanded deployment of CPMF at booths and not outside as it happened in the earlier two phases of polling, appointment of special observers in Nalanda district, which is the CM’s home district, as the party apprehends irregularities.BJP also asked the Commission to keep a tab on officials denying permission for holding the Prime Minister’s rally at the behest of the state government, Pandey told reporters.A delegation of ruling JD(U), led by its MLC Ramvachan Rai, raised the issue of Dharmendra Pradhan’s announcement of giving LPG connections free of cost to poor women and termed it as “inducement” to voters.”The Commission should also keep a close watch on paid news besides keeping a tab on rumours, which may be spread during the festive season in order to vitiate the atmosphere,” Rai said, adding Dalit voters should be given adequate security as they were being intimidated. The RJD delegation, which was led by party national spokesman Manoj Jha, demanded steps be taken to ensure communal harmony. Jha also demanded that if any political party gives donation to any puja organiser, then the expenditure be included in the candidate’s account.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesman Anil Kishore Jha said the single window system, which was introduced for the first time in the elections, was not working properly and should be strengthened so that approvals or permission for holding rallies, flying of helicopters, helipad for landing etc. be given within the specified time limit of 36 hours.The Commission also interacted with top government officials, including officers of home department, Chief Electoral Office, IG (CRPF) and senior police officers. They also held a meeting with the state chief electoral officer (CEO), police, excise and income tax officials to review election expenditure management.On Monday, the Commission would hold a meeting at Muzaffarpur to review the poll preparedness for the fourth and fifth phases of polling and would interact with CEO, state nodal officers, district election officers, commissioners, IGs, DIGs, SSPs etc.

Now, paramilitary veterans to agitate for OROP?

The government so far has been categorical that OROP is only for the armed forces and there is no plan of including paramilitary forces under the scheme which seeks to give same pension to defence personnel of the same rank irrespective of their year of retirement.

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After government approved OROP for armed forces in accordance with the promise made by Narendra Modi in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in 2014, paramilitary forces are also planning to raise demand for implementation of a similar scheme. According to a report published in a leading daily, paramilitary veterans have decided to launch an indefinite dharna in Jantar Mantar from November 2 demanding OROP. The report says that the veterans feel that this is the right time to raise the demand forcefully just before the all-important Bihar asembly elections. The veterans, united under the umbrella of the All-India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association (AICPMFEWA), are now planning to start the OROP demand movement, even when the government has not managed to quell the demands of armed forces satisfactorily. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government so far has been categorical that OROP is only for the armed forces and there is no plan of including paramilitary forces under the scheme which seeks to give same pension to defence personnel of the same rank irrespective of their year of retirement. The prevailing argument for giving OROP to armed forces is that most retire very early to keep the unit lean and fit. Hence, they lose out on pay hikes. However, the report quotes paramilitary veterans who believe they are entitled to the pension scheme too for being the first line of defence on both the border and also for maintaining internal security.The AICPMFEWA says, “It is a known fact that paramilitary forces are the first line of defence in every security operation, whether it is on the border or internal security. Paramilitary forces are in the war field 24×365 days, while the defence forces enjoying ‘peace time’ comfortably in their well secured barracks. The government is pouring all facilities to them and totally neglecting paramilitary men. We need equal status and equal facilities” .There are an estimated 9 lakh paramilitary veterans in the country of which around one-third is eligible for OROP. The estimated cost may be around Rs.3,000 crores per year to begin with, only to increase with subsequent pay revisions.Already the movement has gathered steam in the social media. Apart from OROP, ex paramilitary men have eight more demands including better medical facility and exempting them from new contributory pension system.

Gujarat | Quota row: Patels’ show of strength set to bring Ahmedabad to halt

Patel leaders’ call for bandh today, and the police’s decision to declare some of the main roads as no-go areas and request to the people not to leave house unless in the case of emergency, are likely to bring the commercial capital of Gujarat to a grinding halt.

Police and Paramilitary force deployed for law and order control for Patel or Patidar communitys “kranti rally” for reservation at Gujarat University ground site in Ahmedabad on Monday.

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The Patel community which is demanding reservations under the OBC quota is all set for a show of strength with its ambitious mega-rally in ahmedabad today.Patel leaders’ call for bandh on Tuesday, and the police’s decision to declare some of the main roads as no-go areas and request to the people not to leave house unless in the case of emergency, are likely to bring the commercial capital of Gujarat to a grinding halt.According to the convener of `Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti’ Hardik Patel who is leading the agitation, a `Maha-Kranti Rally’ will be organised after a mass gathering at GMDC ground.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To avoid inconvenience to the locals we have called for a complete bandh in the city as well as in Gujarat. I appeal the authorities to close schools, colleges and other businesses tomorrow,” he said.Patels are unrelenting even though the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel yesterday expressed inability to include the community in the OBC category and requested the leaders to end the agitation and come forward for negotiations. Her video message was constantly aired on local TV channels today.Security has been beefed up for the public meeting and the rally for which police gave permission today.Police commissioner Shivanand Jha said foolproof security arrangements have been made, and more than 17,000 police personnel — including 20 superintendents of police, 62 deputy SPs, 244 inspectors, 504 sub-inspectors, 13,000 constables and head-constables and 817 policewomen — would be deployed.Thousands of Patel community members have already landed here from many parts of the state.”We also request the citizens not to leave their homes unless there is emergency. In case of emergency, people can contact police and we will do the needful.” “28 companies of State Reserve Police, two units of Chetak commandos (total 150 personnel), four companies of the Rapid Action force and 21 Quick Response Teams will also be deployed,” the police commissioner said.”We will also conduct aerial survey by using four `Netras’ (unmanned aerial vehicles). One will be used exclusively for traffic, two will be placed at the rally venue and the fourth will monitor the situation in the city,” said Jha.”Six Command and Control Vehicles with CCTV cameras will be used at the rally. A total of 600 CCTV cameras have been installed in the city.”We will also place 11 ‘Varun’ water cannons at strategic positions and 35 units of ‘Vajra’ tear gas vehicles.”We will also deploy 20 Bomb Disposal and Detection Squads at the rally,” he said, adding all the armoured vehicles from across the state have been brought here.As many as 1,838 persons were put into preventive detention by the city police from August 11 to 22.”We have also conducted Mohalla Sabhas especially in communally sensitive areas and held meeting with the leaders of various communities,” he said.”We have also told hospitals to be prepared if any untoward incident takes place. Police have checked various hotels and other places where terrorists are suspected to take shelter. All such places are being checked,” Jha said.The commissioner warned people against spreading rumours through mobile phone messages, whatsapp or internet. Those spreading rumour would face action, he said.

40% suicide rate for women in India’s paramilitary forces

The rate of suicide among the women in the paramilitary force is striking by itself, but more particularly when compared to the same with men. The reports says that there are 396.9 suicides per lakh for women while for men it is 11.2 per lakh.

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Women account for 40% of suicides in central paramilitary personnel, according to date from the National Crime Records Bureau and the Bureau of Police Research & Development, a leading newspaper reports.The central paramilitary personnel inlude the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Women account for 2% of these forces.In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau reported 175 deaths, through accident and suicides, among the paramilitiary force. Among them, women accounted for 41.7% or 73 deaths.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rate of suicide among the women in the paramilitary force is striking by itself, but more particularly when compared to the same with men. The reports says that there are 396.9 suicides per lakh for women while for men it is 11.2 per lakh.Among the general poplation of the country, the rate of suicide 7.1 per lakh. This shows that that rate for women in the paramilitary is astronomically high.It is telling that the suicides were concentrated in four states in particular- Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir. Madhya Pradesh alone accounted for 40% of the suicides.One of the primary reasons for the suicides has been cited as problems relating to marriage. The report says that women in the paramilitary are often stressed about carrying out their duty in the force while balancing their family’s needs.Within the paramilitary forces, 24 women and 21 men committed suicide due to marital discord.Also read: Government to hire over 11,000 women in central police forces

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