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Centre approves raising of 2 police Battalions
Jammu, November 5
To expand police base to counter insurgency and improve policing the state government has set up recruitment boards in six police ranges for recruiting men for two more battalions. Official sources said the Centre had given clearance for raising five more police battalions and now sanctioned to raise two battalions.

Governor, JJ Singh pay tributes to first PVC awardee
Srinagar, November 5
The Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd), and the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen J.J. Singh, paid tributes to Major Som Nath Sharma, the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, by placing a wreath at his statue at the airport here on Friday. The Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, and the Army Commander, Lieut-Gen Deepak Kapoor, the Commander of 15 Corps, Lieut-Gen Amarjit Singh Sekhon, and senior civil and military officers also paid floral tributes to the martyr.



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Centre approves raising of 2 police Battalions
Our Correspondent

Jammu, November 5
To expand police base to counter insurgency and improve policing the state government has set up recruitment boards in six police ranges for recruiting men for two more battalions.

Official sources said the Centre had given clearance for raising five more police battalions and now sanctioned to raise two battalions.

According to these sources, DIGs would head a recruitment board and so far more than 20,000 applications from unemployed youth had been received.

Number of applicants would have been more had the Government not raised academic qualification for constables from VIII standard to matriculation.

Sources said recruitment will be made from all 14 districts of the state.

Need for at least five more battalions to the police arose from the government’s plan of involving the police to counter insurgency.

Hitherto, anti-insurgency operations were being carried by the police in collaboration with Army or the paramilitary forces.

After several companies of the BSF were withdrawn from the state adequate number of companies of the CRPF were not sent to the state. This also called for raising more police battalions.

Prior militancy in 1990 total strength of police in the state was 30,000. Figure remained stationary till 1996. After that several battalions were added besides a large battery of special police officers (SPOs), ex-servicemen and village defence committees.

Official sources said the police strength at present is around 75,000 and SPOs, ex-servicemen and VDCs were included the figure will touch one lakh.

A police officer of the rank of DIG said today even after adding five more battalions might not be equipped fully to take on militants unless policemen, including officials, were given sophisticated weapons.

He said providing the police with modern weapons could help the government in strengthening the security grid on LoC and in border villages where infiltrators take shelter after crossing the LoC.

He said there was need to increase the number of intelligence men for posting in farflung villages where militants have made out safe sanctuaries. The officer said soon after hilly areas in the state were buried under snow militants were descend to lower reaches where intelligence inputs could help security agencies in carrying out result-oriented operations against them.

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Governor, JJ Singh pay tributes to first PVC awardee
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 5
The Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd), and the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen J.J. Singh, paid tributes to Major Som Nath Sharma, the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, by placing a wreath at his statue at the airport here on Friday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, and the Army Commander, Lieut-Gen Deepak Kapoor, the Commander of 15 Corps, Lieut-Gen Amarjit Singh Sekhon, and senior civil and military officers also paid floral tributes to the martyr.

Major Sharma’s statue was raised at the entry point of Srinagar airport in 2004. The Governor recalled the day of November 3 in 1947 when the young Major laid down his life at Budgam and defeated the enemy’s design of advancing towards Srinagar. He gave a vivid account of the 1947 operations in Budgam, saying that the martyr was keen to advance to Baramula to take on raiders. Major Sharma’s company on a fighting patrol to Budgam village, attained his objective on November 3 where he met Major S.K. Sinha, now the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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