CRPF killed 55 militants, lost 12 personnel during one year
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which recently replaced the Border Security Force (BSF) from the Srinagar city, killed 55 militants in Jammu and Kashmir during the past one year, but also lost its 12 personnel while fighting ultras. A CRPF spokesman said 59 AK rifles, 16 pistols, one pika gun, two rocket launchers, two rocket missile, 14 IED mines, 169 magazines, 4247 ammunition, 16 detonators, 165 grenades, 186.5 kg of explosive material and eight wirless sets were seized during the past one year.
A CRPF spokesman today said the Force killed 55 militants while apprehended 27 others this year.
However, he said 12 CRPF personnel were killed and 42 others wounded while fighting militants in the Kashmir valley from September 1, 2004 to August 31 this year.
The 12 CRPF personnel who were killed are Inspector J V Prasad, Amjeem Ansari, Hamba Reddy, Ramesh Kumar (all sub-inspectors), R B Yadav, Mane Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Shambu Prasad (all head constables), Ved pal Singh, Sayed Shamsuddin and H R Gadam (all constables) besides a female constable Jyothsna.
The spokesman said as many as 67 CRPF men lost their lives in different incidents across the country during the period.
The CRPF, which is observing its commemoration day tomorrow, also seized highly sophisticated weapons, ammunition and other explosive material during the past one year, he added.
He said 59 AK rifles, 16 pistols, one pika gun, two rocket launchers, two rocket missile, 14 IED mines, 169 magazines, 4247 ammunition, 16 detonators, 165 grenades, 186.5 kg of explosive material and eight wirless sets were seized during the period.
The spokesman said about 40 CRPF battalions were deployed in the Kashmir Valley alone. These include three Mahilla (women) companies, he added.
He said the Force took over the command of security of the Srinagar city from the BSF.
Von: 20 October 2005, http://news.webindia123.com