2,000 CRPF jawans stranded in Jammu after bad weather; IAF approached for airlift

Around 2,000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops have been stuck in Jammu for the past three days due to bad weather conditions. The Indian Air Force has been approached to airlift them.

Deccan Chronicle reported that the CRPF had gathered in Jammu after completing their leave and other deployment and were waiting to report to their units in the Valley. According to a report in DNA, 45 units of the CRPF have been deployed in counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in Kashmir.

In January, 21 people including 15 soldiers lost their lives after two avalanches hit Gurez Sector of Bandipura district of Jammu and Kashmir. Between 2007 and 2012 more than 60 soldiers have been killed in different natural calamities in Kashmir valley, including ten in an avalanche that hit Siachen glacier, the world’s highest and coldest battlefield.

The region is witnessing one of the heaviest snow fall in years and it's likely to continue for some time, Director MeT department, Sonam Lotus said. “The upper areas of the valley are most venerable including the LoC,” Lotos added.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Feb 10, 2017 13:14 PM

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