'Kashmir will now tread the path of peace and development'
'Anti-riot forces not only dispersed rioters but sometimes where RAF is stationed, riots don’t even start'
New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday hailed the sacrifices made by Indian paramilitary forces, and said Article 370 was scrapped to help them ensure peace in Kashmir.
"Our Prime Minister has upheld their sacrifices by scrapping Article 370 in Kashmir so that there is always peace in the Valley and they don't have to lose their lives. For 70 years, no one dared or bothered to make this change, but the country elected Narendra Modi with a strong mandate and he scrapped Articles 370 and 35A and respected this mandate. I want to assure the people that Kashmir will now tread the path of peace and development," Shah said at the foundation day of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Ahmedabad.
Shah said anti-riot forces not only dispersed rioters but "sometimes where RAF is stationed, riots don’t even start". More than 35,000 personnel of various police and paramilitary forces have laid down their lives for the internal security of the country, he added.
In January 2018, five new battalions were added to the RAF.
Besides controlling riots, security personnel control several untoward incidents in the country and have worked in missions as well under the UN security mission, Shah said.
Recalling the 2001 Parliament attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad, Shah said, "When Parliament was attacked, not a single terrorist could enter because CRPF personnel stood there and prevented them from breaking in."