On December 31, 2017, when three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists attacked a CRPF camp in Lethpura, Pulwama, they were engaged by, among others, Constable Rajender Kumar Nain and Assistant Commandant R K Panda. Nain was behind a solid iron armour; Panda in an armoured vehicle wearing a bulletproof jacket. The two men were among four security forces personnel killed that day — hit by steel-core armour-piercing bullets that neither Nain’s armour nor Panda’s jacket had been able to stop.
This was a new threat to the security forces fighting terrorism in the Valley, and that first incident was followed by several others of its kind.
The government has now procured specially-designed bulletproof jackets that can withstand the impact of armour-piercing bullets. The first batch, imported from the US recently, has been given to Quick Action Teams (QAT) of the CRPF.
The force has seven key QATs in the Valley to respond to…