SRINAGAR — Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has inducted a bomb/bulletproof armoured vehicle also known as CSRV (critical situation response vehicle) to fight militancy in Kashmir.
Officials told the news agency KNO that bullet-proof vehicles, wall-through radars and drones are some of the new gadgets inducted by CRPF into its counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.
They said several of this hi-tech equipment was used in Pulwama encounter recently in which two militants were killed.
Speaking exclusively to KNO, Alok Avasthy, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations (CRPF) South Kashmir, said that to ensure zero percent collateral damage and successful anti-militancy operations in Kashmir, the CSR vehicle has been inducted in CRPF which has a space for four men including a Commander who directs his men to target the ‘terrorists’.
He said that during encounters, they felt the need for a vehicle that would ensure zero casualties to the force and CSR is the best choice. “This is a modern bullet and bomb-proof vehicle for room/house interventions during encounters in Kashmir Valley,” the DIG said.
“This is a confidence booster for jawans as they know a bullet can’t hit them in this vehicle. This has helped to raise the morale of soldiers on the ground,” he added.
He said that the vehicle acts as a force multiplier in situations like narrow lanes and by-lanes where they need a sort of intervention in a room or house where a ‘terrorist’ is held up. “The vehicle can go high up to 50 feet and aim the target easily,” he said.