Now, SP-rank officers to lead CRPF convoys in Jammu and Kashmir under new rules

A superintendent of police (SP) rank officer would lead convoys carrying the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, according to an official.

A convoy will not have more than 40 vehicles and the number of armed, bulletproof vehicles escorting convoys will also increase as part of the new Standard-Operating Procedure (SOP) for the troop movement, the official added.

The change in the procedure comes over a month after the February 14 car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy left 40 personnel dead.

There were as many as 78 buses carrying nearly 2,500 troops to Kashmir when it was attacked in Pulwama.

The attack prompted India to carry out an air strike on a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeI) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

The JeI claimed responsibility for the attack that escalated tensions between India and Pakistan. The two countries were involved in a dogfight over the skies of Kashmir after the air strike.

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