CRPF, Army Squabble Over Who Killed Militants in Pampore Encounter

While the army claimed to have killed the two militants, the CRPF said that they were “wrongly claiming credit”.

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Army jawans take position during an encounter with militants in Pampore area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 21, 2016. (Photo: PTI)

Hardly had the guns fallen silent after Saturday’s ambush of a CRPF contingent by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore district when a row erupted between the paramilitary force and the army over whose personnel killed the terrorists.

While the army claimed to have killed the two militants in retaliatory fire, the CRPF said that they were “wrongly claiming credit”.

The CRPF, which has been involved in counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley, alleged some army troopers arrived at the scene after the encounter was over and started clicking selfies with the bodies of the slain militants.

Within no time, the army’s Northern Command tweeted about the encounter.

Fuming, the CRPF men and officers took up the matter with the Army’s top brass. Soon thereafter, the official twitter account of Northern Command posted a revised message.

Unrelenting CRPF officers informed their top brass as well as that of the army that there was no joint operation.

They were wrongly claiming credit for an operation of which they had no clue.
CRPF Officer

The army was shown videos of its men busy clicking selfies after which an embarrassed Northern Command tweeted with another update.

(With inputs from PTI)

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