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CRPF DG endorses Rawat on action against militant supporters

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SHILLONG, March 4 - Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), K Durga Prasad has seconded Army chief Bipin Rawat�s statement that action would be taken against people who support terrorists and militants.

Prasad, who was here recently to lay the foundation of the Administrative Block and Officers Mess of NE Sector Headquarters, didn�t mince words and said: �action is being taken against those who support militants,� while endorsing the Army chief�s statement.

CRPF is one of the leading counter-insurgency forces in the country. It is mandated to ensure internal security by providing support to State police forces to fight insurgency, Naxalism and terrorism.

It is also playing a significant role in dealing with serious law and order problems, ensuring free and fair elections and helping the people during natural calamities through rescue and relief work.

Some of the major deployment of CRPF is in J&K, and Maoists and Naxal-infested regions, apart from NE.

However, in several counter-insurgency operations throughout the country, local support remains few and far between and has proved to be a hurdle for the successful conduct of operations. On the contrary, in many cases the locals have assisted militants out of fear of the militants or otherwise.

In this context, the Army chief said recently that people in J&K �supporting the terrorists and helping them escape� would be treated at par with terrorists and tough action would be taken against these people.

Nonetheless, Prasad added that CRPF, which is fighting insurgency alongside the Army in several parts of the country, do understand that local people are put under tremendous pressure by the militants.

In many instances, the locals succumb to these diktats of the militants and terrorists and provide shelter and cover for these elements, which the security forces are well aware of, the CRPF DG added. However, Prasad said, the CRPF is constantly encouraging the people not to succumb to these pressures.

�We are telling the people that we are there to provide support and protection,� the CRPF DG said, adding, that the security forces hope that the people isolates these anti-nationals.

The CRPF has a significant presence in Meghalaya and is fighting the militants in Garo Hills along with the BSF, CoBRA and State police. At least ten companies of the CRPF are engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Garo Hills. Prasad said that violence in Meghalaya has come down significantly and the situation is improving. �People of Meghalaya deserve all the praise for rejecting violence and embracing peace,� he stated.

Militant-related activities have shown a slight decrease in Garo Hills, but the threat from these elements has not gone down

significantly.

The CRPF chief added, �Many of our gallant officers and men laid down their lives and made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against insurgents and anti-national elements for establishing peace in the region.�

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CRPF DG endorses Rawat on action against militant supporters

SHILLONG, March 4 - Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), K Durga Prasad has seconded Army chief Bipin Rawat�s statement that action would be taken against people who support terrorists and militants.

Prasad, who was here recently to lay the foundation of the Administrative Block and Officers Mess of NE Sector Headquarters, didn�t mince words and said: �action is being taken against those who support militants,� while endorsing the Army chief�s statement.

CRPF is one of the leading counter-insurgency forces in the country. It is mandated to ensure internal security by providing support to State police forces to fight insurgency, Naxalism and terrorism.

It is also playing a significant role in dealing with serious law and order problems, ensuring free and fair elections and helping the people during natural calamities through rescue and relief work.

Some of the major deployment of CRPF is in J&K, and Maoists and Naxal-infested regions, apart from NE.

However, in several counter-insurgency operations throughout the country, local support remains few and far between and has proved to be a hurdle for the successful conduct of operations. On the contrary, in many cases the locals have assisted militants out of fear of the militants or otherwise.

In this context, the Army chief said recently that people in J&K �supporting the terrorists and helping them escape� would be treated at par with terrorists and tough action would be taken against these people.

Nonetheless, Prasad added that CRPF, which is fighting insurgency alongside the Army in several parts of the country, do understand that local people are put under tremendous pressure by the militants.

In many instances, the locals succumb to these diktats of the militants and terrorists and provide shelter and cover for these elements, which the security forces are well aware of, the CRPF DG added. However, Prasad said, the CRPF is constantly encouraging the people not to succumb to these pressures.

�We are telling the people that we are there to provide support and protection,� the CRPF DG said, adding, that the security forces hope that the people isolates these anti-nationals.

The CRPF has a significant presence in Meghalaya and is fighting the militants in Garo Hills along with the BSF, CoBRA and State police. At least ten companies of the CRPF are engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Garo Hills. Prasad said that violence in Meghalaya has come down significantly and the situation is improving. �People of Meghalaya deserve all the praise for rejecting violence and embracing peace,� he stated.

Militant-related activities have shown a slight decrease in Garo Hills, but the threat from these elements has not gone down

significantly.

The CRPF chief added, �Many of our gallant officers and men laid down their lives and made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against insurgents and anti-national elements for establishing peace in the region.�