After the Pulwama attack which left over 40 paramilitary soldiers martyred, the CRPF has told the government that buses “with thin metallic plates which offer no protection from bullets or IED”, and demanded facilities at par with an army which gets armoured vehicles. The demands for better-armoured vehicles and better support have been raised time and again, but most of the time, they have fallen on deaf ears. Many even argued that if the soldiers had been airlifted, the loss of lives could have been prevented.
The report says and was quoted by the News18 that while the convoys get smooth run during summers they are “not regular during winters and rainy season because of snowfall and landslide” and this leaves the soldiers stranded in big numbers at Jammu’s transit camp often. “The transit camp has limited capacity to accommodate thousand personnel at a time (and) beyond that personnel are shifted to nearby location,” says the report.