Kashmir man leads CRPF squad during officers PoP

GURGAON, Sep 15: Gul Junaid Khan from Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla today led 85 of his colleagues as they walked the ‘antim pag’ (last step) to be commissioned as direct entry officers in the country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF.

Trained for 48-weeks in various traits of combat leadership and weapons handling after being selected as officers by the UPSC, the latest batch of these CRPF officers will soon be deployed for their first postings across the country beginning from the Left Wing Extremism-hit states.

“My first posting is Chhattisgarh,” 26-year-old Khan told PTI after he marched as the parade commander during the Passing out Parade (PoP) of these young recruits at the Central Reserve Police Force Officers Training Academy in Kadarpur here.

CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad took the salute.

The BE grad, whose family piped the stars of Assistant Commandant on his shoulders after the ceremonial parade, said he would ask youth to follow their aspirations in a positive manner.

“To the youth of my state, I would say we should all work to strive for a future that will bring back the pristine glory of Kashmir,” he said.

Khan’s batchmate Sandeep Shakti was declared the best trainee officer and was given the Sword of Honour and Home Minister’s Cup by DG Prasad.

Amongst the 86 trainee officers who passed today, five are women.

The about 3-lakh personnel strong CRPF is the mainstay for anti-Naxal operations and apart from rendering security duties in Jammu and Kashmir and other states it is deployed across the country to carry out a variety of duties in the internal security domain. (PTI)


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