J K News Today
Jammu, January 3:
The year-beginning fidayeen attack on CRPF camp at Lethpora, Pulwama in south Kashmir has become more of a mystery following claims by the CRPF high officials that they had the prior intelligence about the attack .
Director General of CRPF R K Bhatnagar and Special Director General of the force in J&K S N Srivastava told media that they knew that the camp was going to be the target on the night of #1st December and the personnel were alert . The alertness prevented higher casualties , they claimed .
The men who fought militants and neutralized three of them- two locals , including son of a policeman , and one Pakistani – know what they were facing in a sprawling campus of 160 acres . But the questions galore : how could the terrorists enter the campus , if there was intelligence what preventive measures were taken to neutralize the terrorists before they could make it to the campus.
Answers must be found to these questions .
There is no point in doing the self-patting and saying that only five CRPF personnel died and higher casualties were averted speaks of their action on the actionable intelligence . The CRPF top brass and the political leadership defending all this by claiming that their success was in elimination of three militants owe an answer, was this tragic incident avertible . If it was so , then why the five CRPF men died .
What is needed is that the CEPF should introspect where the things went wrong and why . Any attempt to weave a story of success out of this failure would be a self-defeating exercise .