Scrapping 370, 35A fitting tribute to 34,000 martyr jawans: Shah

The Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah addressing the 27th Foundation Day Event of the Rapid Action Force of the CRPF, in Ahmedabad on September 30, 2019.

‘Security forces will foil bid to disturb peace’

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Sept 30: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said today that Narendra Modi Government has paid “true tribute” to supreme sacrifice of 34,000 brave soldiers of police and paramilitary forces who attained martyrdom while guarding country’s borders and maintain internal security by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This step was need of the hour to ensure that there is peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir and that the blood of our soldiers does not split anymore,” Shah said in his address to the function of Rapid Action Force (RAF) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Ahmedabad today, an official statement of the MHA said.
“No Government could dare for the last 70 years to take a decision that the sacrifices of the soldiers was asking us to take,” the Home Minister said and congratulated the Prime Minister for taking such an unprecedented bold decision and assured the people of Kashmir that growth and development would return to them in an environment of peace now.
Shah expressed confidence in ability of security forces to give befitting reply to any attempt to disturb peace in Kashmir.
The Home Minister recalled the historic ‘Hot Springs Conflict’ in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir, where the CRPF jawans valiantly defended the nation from the fierce Chinese attack.
“Every Indian must know that had it not been for these brave soldiers, our beloved Ladakh would not have been with us today,” he said and added that October 21 is observed as `Police Smriti Diwas’ every year to remember the sacrifices of the CRPF personnel.
Shah appealed to the people of India not to forget the supreme sacrifice of the jawans. He said that every Indian must at least once visit the National Police Memorial to pay tribute to the jawans who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation.
He mentioned instances from Kashmir, Ladakh, Bhuj and other places across India, where CRPF jawans led from the front and displayed indomitable courage in defending the country.
He remembered the supreme sacrifice of 2184 CRPF jawans and assured all police and paramilitary force personnel that, “we would move ahead with determination to transform the country into a ‘New India’, under the leadership of Narendra Modi”.
Talking about the RAF, Shah said that the force has created a huge credibility among the people of India by setting an example through its discipline and courage. He informed that five additional battalions have been added to the existing 10 in January 2018.
With the initiative taken by the Prime Minister, a training academy has been established in Meerut, which would train police and paramilitary force personnel in anti-riot and crowd-control duties.
Many foreign police and armed forces have also trained their officers in this training academy, which is a matter of pride for India, he added.
Remembering Sardar Patel for his contribution to create a unified India, Shah observed that Indian Police became truly Indian only after Sardar Patel laid the foundation of the Indian Police Administration in independent India.
He said that with the kind of religious, linguistic diversity our country of 130 crore people has, conflicts are natural to arise. Yet, the police and paramilitary forces jawans, without caring for their personal safety and security, have always ensured that the internal security of the country is maintained, he added.