CRPF Current Affairs - 2020

April 9: CRPF Valour Day

Every year, April 9 is being marked as CRPF Valour Day all over India. The day is also called “CRPF Shaurya Diwas”.

Why Valour Day?

A small contingent of the CRPF on April 9, 1965 fought against Pakistan in Rann of Kutch eliminating 34 Pakistan soldiers. This was the first time a full-fledged infantry brigade fierce fully and successfully fought against the Pakistan army. During this battle, six CRPF men lost their lives. In order to pay tribute to these brave men, the Valour Day is being marked every year.

Achievements of CRPF

The CRPF personnel guarded India-Pakistan border till 1965 after which the border security force was created. The CRPF killed all the 5 terrorists who attacked Indian Parliament in 2001. Currently, the counter insurgency operations in India are being undertaken by CRPF personnel. In 2008, a CRPF wing called Commando Batallion for Resolute Action was created to counter Naxalite movement in the country.

International Missions

The CRPF were deployed in Sri Lanka for peace keeping actions. They have been deployed in Maldives, Somalia, Namibia, Haiti as a part of UN Peace keeping mission. Under Haiti Mission, they helped to contain political stability in the country. A fully formed Female Police Unit was deployed under Liberia Mission in 2007.

Anniversary of Pulwama Attack: Memorial inaugurated

On February 14, 2020, a memorial was inaugurated at the Lethpora camp for the 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel who were killed in Pulwama Attack.

Highlights

The memorial consisted of names of jawans who lost their lives in the attack. It also held the motto of CRPF, which is “Seva and Nishta” which means Service and Loyalty.

The Attack

In 2019, February 14, the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adeel ahmed Dar drove a car carrying explosives to a convoy of security forces. This killed 40 personnel.

Counter Measures

Upon the incident, the Home Ministry now allows CRPF to carry their troops by air. Also, the Jammu and Kashmir Government had imposed a ban on private vehicles to facilitate movement of troops. This means during their transit; no other private vehicles will be allowed on road. This order was to be rescinded after return of normalcy.

Following the Pulwama attack, Indian Air Force conducted surgical strikes in Balakot on February 26, 2019.