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Amit Shah directs CRPF to keep combat profile young; shift aged troops to light jobs

Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently conducted a review of the force at its headquarters here after which he directed that the lead internal security force of the country should devise a mechanism that enables it to keep its fighting blood fresh and lethal at all times.A committee has been asked to submit its "specific" recommendations by Dec 15.

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  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah said security of Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka has not been withdrawn but changed to 'Z-plus' with ambulance. Replying to the debate on the SPG (Amendment) Bill, he asserted that the BJP does carry out any action with a vindictive approach and it was the Congress which took many such decisions in the past.

    "Inputs indicate that attempts are being made by Pakistan-based terror outfits to reactivate its camp at Balakot and restart their religious and Jihadi indoctrination courses against India," Union minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said replying a written question in Rajya Sabha.

    Union home minister Amit Shah visited the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters and expressed his thoughts on Twitter saying the country is proud of the “exemplary valour” of CRPF personnel. With a strength of more than 300,000 personnel, the CRPF is designated as the lead force for internal security duties and anti-Maoist operations.

    During his visit to the CRPF headquarters at the CGO Complex on Lodhi Road, Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to the force's personnel killed in the line of duty and put a garland around an urn containing the soil from the 'Sardar Post' in Gujarat's Rann of Kutch. The urn is kept at the headquarter's entrance.

    The CRPF reviewed the security arrangement at Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi's house on November 13 in Delhi. Special Protection Gr...

    On Monday, the first day of the Winter Session, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had raised the issue of SPG security, saying the move to withdraw the cover of party chief Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi was "arbitrary".

    At least six to eight bullets were fired by the terrorists at the CRPF post when the personnel were deployed on law and order duty in the area, officials said. The firing took place near a school where class 10 board examinations were underway.

    The Supreme Court of India has ruled that the disputed land goes to the Mandir side and an alternate patch of land will be alloted to the Masjid side in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute in the Supreme Court. A Constitution bench of comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi & Justices S.A.Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer delivered the verdict

    Congress' Anand Sharma said the decision to remove the SPG cover for Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka is "shocking and vindictive". "It makes the family vulnerable. Not to forget that two members of the family former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were assassinated," he said.

    The decision, sources said, was taken after a detailed review by a panel at union home ministry where inputs from SPG, Intelligence Bureau were examined. During the review, the panel recommended downgrading the security cover from SPG to CRPF after it found that the level of threat to the family is not very serious.

    Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had directed the CAPFs to undertake a mega manpower planning and ensure that around seven lakh jawans get to spend at least 100 days with their families in a year. Shah was given a presentation in September about the functioning of the CAPFs in the ministry, following which he gave certain directions regarding the same.

    The West Bengal government has, in a letter to the MHA dated October 21, also sought to know why it was not consulted before the important decision was taken to hand over the security of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to the CRPF.

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