Srinagar: Women personnel of the CRPF were deployed for security duties on Independence Day in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas of the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time.  The women personnel of the paramilitary force were deployed in the Kothibagh Police Station area. They were also in camouflage combat uniforms.

A woman constable of the CRPF, deployed at Lambert Lane on Residency Road, said that she is from the 232 Battalion of CRPF. She added that they have been in law and order as well as security related duties before… “So, this is nothing new for us”, she stated.

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The officer added that they do not feel any lesser than their male colleagues as they all undergo the same training.

The women CRPF personnel had arrived in the Valley as part of security arrangements for the Amarnath yatra, which was cancelled at the last moment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, stringent security arrangements were made in and around Srinagar city for Independence Day celebrations. On August 14, in a militant attack in the Naugam area, two police personnel died and another injured.

The perimeter area around security installations across the valley, including army camps, was sealed immediately after the Naugam attack on Friday. The officials said all necessary steps were taken to prevent the militants from carrying out any further attacks aimed at disrupting the Independence Day celebrations.