Year after Pulwama Attack: Meanwhile, CRPF has cut size, convoy frequency in J&K

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: February 15, 2020 5:53:43 am

Forty CRPF personnel were killed in the deadly Pulwama attack in J&K on February 14 in 2019. (Express file photo)

AFTER AN internal probe into the Pulwama attack found that the length and regularity of its convoys was a contributing factor, the CRPF has reduced the size and frequency of its convoys.

“Earlier, the Jammu-Srinagar air courier was thrice a week. This has now been extended to Delhi. Also, most of our personnel were going in convoys from Jammu. Now, 70 per cent are flying to Srinagar. Moreover, any personnel can take a private flight and claim reimbursement. In fact, since August 5, most people flying to Srinagar are security personnel,” said a Home Ministry official.

“During the Pulwama attack, the convoy had 70 vehicles. Now, the largest convoy does not have more than 40 vehicles. Earlier, there was a convoy every alternate day. This meant almost 180 convoys in a year. Now, there are not more than four convoys in a month,” said the official.

A CRPF officer said this helped to maintain a surprise element in convoy movement. “We also do not plan in advance. If a plan is made, the convoy leaves within a day or two. This reduces the chance of a terrorist preparing for an…

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