updated 12:51 PM UTC, Oct 10, 2018

CISF gets best contingent award for R-Day parade

New Delhi: The CISF Wednesday bagged the best marching contingent trophy for this year's Republic Day parade.

An official statement said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was honoured with the trophy for being the best marching contingent among paramilitary forces by Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha during an award ceremony held at the defence ministry here.

Army chief General Dalbir Singh, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and other senior officers were present in the function along with CISF Director General Arvind Ranjan.

The CISF contingent had earlier won the award for the best marching contingent in 2007, 2008 and 2013.

 

CISF to install 900 more CCTV cameras in Delhi Metro

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) To foil any terror strike, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is planning to install 900 more CCTV cameras across the Delhi Metro network this year, its chief said Friday.

"In at attempt to develop immediate attention to suspicious object or activities, the force is planning for the installation of 900 more CCTV cameras which will cover vulnerable areas across Delhi Metro," said CISF Director General Rajiv.

"We have contacted the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) to increase the number of CCTV cameras to cover the areas which are currently escape the vigilant electronic eyes," he added.

CISF has asked the Delhi Metro to increase the number of CCTV cameras to 6,000 and relocate the 300 of the existing cameras.

CISF in process of filling vacancies

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is in the process of filling its 10 percent vacancies, lingering for the last few years, its chief said Friday.

"In the prevailing security environment, the CISF had recruited 12,500 personnel in 2012. New recruitment and training process are done every year to fill the vacancies but it is very difficult to complete 100 percent strength," said CISF Director General Rajiv.

Explaining the reason for the vacancies, another CISF official said: "Every year thousands of CISF personnel get retirement or take voluntary retirement under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS). So, it is not easy to complete the full strength."

For five years, around 1,650 personnel have been taking VRS every year due to some personnel problems or to join the private sector, said the official.

The force has an authorized strength of 134,000 force strength but presently has around only around 116,000 personnel deployed at the 307 undertakings it guards all over India.

Categorizing the deployment of CISF personnel, the official said a total of 22,000 personnel are deputed at airports, 7,000 at seaports, more than 5,000 in Delhi Metro and around 94,000 in other sectors including coal, atomic, space, oil, power, mines, historical monuments, defence projects and private sectors.

Frisking queues at metro stations to get shorter: CISF

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) Delhi Metro commuters will soon get relief from the long wait in queues for frisking with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) planning to shorten this time by deploying more gadgets and personnel, the paramilitary force's chief said Friday.

Normally the metro commuters have to spend around 8-12 minutes at the frisking area during peak hours, but the CISF, which has 5,000 personnel at 134 Metro stations, has decided to effectively bring down this to five to six minutes.

"We will be deploying extra manpower and machines at 8-10 busy stations and have asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to provide us more frisking space so that we can enhance our logistics to handle the rush of passengers," said CISF's Director General Rajiv.

The decision is expected to shorten queues for security check at busy Delhi Metro stations like Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat and Chandni Chowk, among others.

 

CISF to guard 13 more installations

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is likely to be inducted to guard 13 new key installations including airports and power plants across India this year, its chief said Friday.

The paramilitary force currently provides security cover to 307 undertakings, including eight added in 2012.

"Of the 13 new undertakings, the force will provide security cover to four airports and eight other undertakings including historical buildings, power project and a Dam project," said CISF Director General Rajiv.

The four airports are those at Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Juhu (Maharashtra), Jamnagar (Gujarat) and Gagan project in Bangalore.

The others are the Koldam Hydroelectric Project (Himachal Pradesh), the IG Mint Kolkata, the North Eastern Space Application Centre in Umaiam (Meghalaya), DSTPS power plant at Andal (West Bengal), the Victoria Memorial and Indian Museum in Kolkata, SAIL Jagdishpur (Uttar Pradesh), Mouda Super Thermal Power Project (Maharashtra), the cargo scanning centre in Kochi and Teesta Low Dam Project-III (West Bengal).

 

Intelligence training school for CISF personnel

New Delhi, Mar 1 (IANS) The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Friday opened it's first intelligence school to enhance the efficiency of its personnel.

The school was inaugurated at the 5th Reserve Battalion Campus in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad in the presence of Minister of State for Home Affairs Minister R.P.N. Singh to train CISF officers belonging to it's Crime and Intelligence Wing (CIW) on a regular basis.

Presently around 1,250 personnel have been deployed across the country in the CIW.

"The ministry will provide proper facility to CISF for the growth of it's new initiative for enhancing the skills of CISF's Crime and Intelligence Wing officials," said Singh while inaugurating the school.

"To sharpen and enhance the skills of CISF's Crime and Intelligence Wing, it was a long felt need to provide specialized training in the field of intelligence," said Rajiv, director general (CISF).

Explaining about the functionary of the training school, Rajiv said that the school will be headed by a commandant and deputy commandant rank official and supported by an experienced faculty.

"To provide specialized training, we will also associate the faculties of other agencies like Intelligence Bureau (IB), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State Police especially in the initial stage of capacity building which presently we are doing," he said.

In it's one or two week's course duration, the school will train CISF's sub officers and other ranks deployed in CIW, Rajiv added.

Omar says CISF firing ‘inexcusable’, promises justice

Srinagar, Jan 3: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday met the family of the student killed in CISF firing and said he would leave no stone unturned to ensure justice for the victim of the “inexcusable use of force”.

“Even if I have to knock the doors of the court, I will get justice for the father who lost his son yesterday,” Abdullah said in Boniyar in Baramulla, about 90 km from here, a day after 18-year-old Altaf Ahmad Sood was killed when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers fired at people protesting against power cuts.

Two protesters were injured.

“The excessive use of force was unwarranted,” Abdullah told a television channel. “That is the case that has been filed, that is the case we will pursue in the course of justice.”

The chief minister added that it was unclear what Altaf was doing at the protest - it was possible he was walking past, whether he was going for his studies…

“That is irrelevant. He was shot twice in the chest. It is an inexcusable use of force,” Abdullah said.

“We will whatever use whatever law we have to to ensure that justice is done,” he added.

Abdullah, who visited the bereaved family Tuesday to express his condolences, told a group of locals that their demand for enhanced electric power supply was justified.

He promised that they would get enhanced electric power supply within two days and regretted that a precious life was lost during the protests.

Despite the strong words, protests again erupted in Boniyar after the chief minister left. Locals pelted stones at official vehicles and blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway that passes through Boniyar.

Five CISF troopers were arrested Monday. A magisterial probe by additional deputy commissioner (Baramulla), to be completed in 15 days, has also been ordered into the incident by the state government.

Rs.1 lakh has been sanctioned as ex gratia relief for the next of kin of the deceased student.

Abdullah had said Monday that the CISF had been hired by the NHPC for the security of its power station and was not protected under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as it was not part of the counter insurgency grid.

Public protests against erratic electric power supply have been witnessed at many places in the Kashmir Valley, which is battling a cold winter for the last one month.

While the electric department blames low water discharge in the rivers for the reduced generation of power in the state, they also accuse consumers of pilferage.

Abdullah has said he would approach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek additional electricity power import into the state.

One killed in CISF firing, five troopers arrested

Srinagar/Jammu, Jan 2: One person was killed and two others were injured Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said. Five CISF personnel have been arrested in the case and a probe ordered.

The firing took place in north Baramulla district’s Boniyar village, 60 km north of Srinagar, when scores of villagers angry at the long hours of power outages took to the streets and later gathered near the local power station, police said.

CISF personnel guarding the station opened fire, killing one protester on the spot and wounding two others.

The incident triggered tension in the area and senior civil and police officers were rushed to the spot.

Principal Secretary (Home) B.R. Sharma told reporters in Jammu that five CISF men, including Sub-Inspector Krishan Thappa, have been arrested and a first information report (FIR) lodged with the police.

“The incident could have been avoided if CISF men had co-ordination with state police,” he added.

A police officer in Srinagar said that the five troopers were part of the CISF unit posted at National Hydroelectric Power Corporation’s (NHPC) Uri power plant.

Baramulla District Magistrate Bashir Ahmad Bhat told reporters that a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident.

“The additional district development commissioner Baramulla will conduct a magisterial probe into the Boniyar firing incident and submit its report within 15 days,” Bhat said.

The Omar Abdullah government has expressed its “deep regret on the tragic firing incident,” an official spokesman said in Jammu, adding it has taken a “very serious view of the incident and has asked the state police to take immediate steps to bring those responsible for the incident to book”.

One killed in CISF firing, Kashmir promises action

Srinagar/Jammu, Jan 2: One person was killed and two others were injured Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village. The state government has promised action against the CISF men responsible.

The incident took place in Baramulla’s Boniyar village, 60 km north of this summer capital Srinagar, when scores of villagers angry at the long hours of power outages took to the streets and later gathered near the local power station, police said.

CISF personnel guarding the station opened fire, killing one protester on the spot and wounding two others.

The incident triggered tension in the area and senior civil and police officers have rushed to the spot.

The Omar Abdullah government has expressed its “deep regret on the tragic firing incident at Boniyar, Baramulla”, said the official spokesman, adding it has taken a “very serious view of the incident and has asked the state police to take immediate steps to bring those responsible for the incident to book”.

“Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), whose troopers opened the fire, are not a part of the CI (Counter Insurgency) grid operating in Jammu and Kashmir and have been hired by the NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) exclusively for the security of their installations across the state, and are not under the operational command of either the unified headquarters or the state government,” he said.

The spokesman said that the state government has taken up the matter with the union home ministry, lodging a serious protest and demanding stern, exemplary action against the officers responsible for the firing incident.

The chief minister has dispatched a high-level team comprising Public Health Engineering Minister Taj Mohiuddin, Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani and Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda to the village.

The Kashmir Valley has been facing an acute power shortage that the state government attributes to low water flows in the major rivers here and power pilferage by the consumers. Protests have been seen in Srinagar and other towns in the valley.

“The (power supply) situation is not likely to improve till the beginning of March,” said an official of the power development department.

One killed in CISF firing in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 2: One person was killed and two others were injured Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village.

The incident took place in Baramulla’s Boniyar village, 60 km north of this summer capital Srinagar, when scores of villagers took to the streets and later gathered near the local power station, police said.

CISF personnel guarding the station opened fire, killing one protester on the spot and wounding two others.

The incident triggered tension in the area and senior civil and police officers have rushed to the spot.

The Kashmir Valley has been facing an acute power shortage that the state government attributes to low water flows in the major rivers here and power pilferage by the consumers. Protests have been seen in Srinagar and other towns in the valley.

“The situation is not likely to improve till the beginning of March,” said an official of the power development department.