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Security personnel to be airlifted to Srinagar from Delhi, Jammu

  • The govt approved air travel of all security personnel moving between Delhi and Srinagar, and Jammu and Srinagar, on official duty, transfer or on leave
  • The decision comes after a CRPF convoy came under attack on the Srinagar-Jammu highway killing 40

Srinagar: As vehicle movement on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which was witness to a deadly attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, returns to normal, the Union home ministry is leaving little to chance.

The ministry on Thursday approved air travel of all personnel of the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) moving between Delhi and Srinagar, and Jammu and Srinagar, on official duty, transfer or on leave.

The ministry’s decision comes after a convoy of 78 trucks carrying 2,547 CRPF personnel came under attack on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

“The move will benefit approximately 7.8 lakh personnel of the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces in the ranks of constable and head constable who were otherwise not eligible earlier," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also said that air courier services have been steadily extended in all sectors in order to cut down on travel time of jawans. “The number of flights was further extended in December 2018. In addition, air support is provided by the IAF as and when required," it said.

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