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Army men take selfies, and credit for Pampore encouter, CRPF Not Happy

Just hours after the encounter, a tweet by Northern Command of the Indian Army claimed responsibility for neutralizing the militants who attacked the CRPF convoy. To this, senior CRPF officials reportedly complained to the army that some of their personnel arrived after the encounter took away the weapons on the recovered from the militants and took selfies with the bodies of the terrorists
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A squabble over taking credit for killing two militants after a CRPF convoy was ambushed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore area killing eight jawans has highlighted a serious lack of coordination between  different security forces operating in the state.

Just hours after the encounter, a tweet by Northern Command of the Indian Army claimed responsibility for neutralizing the militants who attacked the CRPF convoy. To this, senior CRPF officials reportedly complained to the army that some of their personnel arrived after the encounter took away the weapons on the recovered from the militants and took selfies with the bodies of the terrorists.

Soon after, the Northern Command of the Indian Army sent out another tweet this time claiming it to be a joint operation by army and CRPF. But it wasn’t to be enough. In its final tweet, the army conceded it was a CRPF operation.

“When our senior officers reached the spot, they found the arms and ammunition missing. This was serious because how could we explain the killing of two men without any recoveries. It was then learnt that Army men had carried them to their camp. We asked them to return the arms and ammo immediately. When it began to take too long, we sent a team which retrieved the weapons from there after three hours,” a senior CRPF officer told Indian Express.

In response to the allegations, the Army headquarters in Delhi released an official statement on Tuesday evening: “Encounter resulted in death of eight CRPF personnel and injury to over 20. Two terrorists were also killed. The RR troops, which responded, helped evacuate CRPF casualties as well as terrorists from sight of encounter. Bodies of terrorists along with their weapons, ammunition and magazines were handed over to J&K police as per law.”

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