After the fidayeen attack in Srinagar,the CRPF has asked its men to stay inside camps when they are off duty. It has also decided that if the men are on law and order duty,some of them will carry arms.
CRPF has 25,000 men in Srinagar. Of the five men killed in the attack,only one is said to have been armed.
We have passed orders that the men need to stay in camps when they are not on duty and unnecessary movement has to be avoided. We cant afford to lose more men in such incidents, said a senior officer.
During a review meeting,senior officers admitted that the incident could have been averted had the men been more alert and checked the two suicide bombers when they joined a group of children playing cricket.
The CRPF has also decided that the men on law and order duty in Srinagar will be a mix of armed and unarmed.
Now we will ensure that at least one of them is armed, said the officer.
CRPF officials said the orders of the state administration to not carry weapons was not binding on them and they have asked the police to ensure security and proper intelligence sharing. On the day of the attack,our men were relaxed as security of the playground is with the J&K armed police. They were deployed outside and the CRPF men were inside, said the officer.