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CRPF cracks whip on Id ‘indiscipline’

Srinagar, Dec. 26: The Central Reserve Police Force has punished some personnel for offering Id prayers in a city mosque without taking permission from the authorities for leaving their camp.

Two havaldars, nine constables and two others had ventured out of the camp at Rambagh on Friday to pray at the local mosque.

While the havaldars have been reprimanded, the others have been punished with “confinement to the lines” for five days.

“This means they have been disengaged for five days from active duty and cannot move out of the camp during this period,” CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Tripathy said. “And no work means no pay for five days.”

Another officer said the 13 men had left the camp in civvies and were unarmed. “There have been similar incidents in the past but I have not come across any where the soldiers have been punished,” the officer added.

But there have been instances when militants have targeted people from the forces while they were on a visit to mosques or offering prayers.

In one case three years ago, militants gunned down deputy inspector general of police Mohammad Amin while he was leaving a Srinagar mosque after offering Id prayers.

CRPF spokesman Tripathy said the 13 had absented themselves for several hours. “We have a mosque inside the camp where almost 100 men are Muslims. All but the 13 offered Id prayers inside the camp. It (leaving the camp) could have endangered their lives,” he said.

“All CRPF personnel have been told not to leave the camp without permission because of the situation here, but these 13 men violated the orders and faced disciplinary action.”

CRPF sources said a probe had been ordered and the 13 men were questioned. “They were found guilty of breaching discipline,” said a source.

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