Faced with rising urban militancy in Kashmir the state police has decided to form teams of specially trained commandoes drawn from its armed wing to avoid civilian killings and blowing up residential houses during gun battles with rebels.
The small groups of the JKAP commandoes will be known as Crisis Response Teams (CRTs) and imparted quality “military training” to work on the lines such teams do in developed countries like the United States of America, according to officials.
“This is an effort, perhaps for the first time wherein we will have our policemen dealing with the various types of crisis including militancy,” director general of police, Shesh Paul Vaid told .
“Let’s see how far we would succeed.”
A new special operating procedure (SOP) is proposed to be worked out for guiding the CRTs in consultation with experts from outside, to save houses where militants take refuge during anti-militancy operations, and to avoid killing civilians.
The CRTs would be required to enter houses where militants hide. According to an official order issued by Vaid a board of officers headed by additional director general of police A K Chaudhary has been formed to set the process rolling.
“Inspector General of Police Kashmir S P Pani and IGP Jammu zone S D Singh will be the members of the Board,” reads the order dated April 7, 2018.
The order states the Board is directed to constitute teams from the Jammu Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) for meeting the “rising urban terror crisis.”
“The Board shall also work out state-of-art weaponry/equipment to be allotted to each team.”
Official sources revealed the need for constituting CRTs was felt after analysing reports of rising urban militancy in Kashmir and foreseeing “tough situations”.