Paramilitary forces

A different battle

Print edition : May 30, 2014

Over 1.5 lakh paramilitary personnel have been deployed for Election 2014 and 15 of them have lost their lives in the effort to ensure that it is free and fair. Here, a soldier stands guard as residents of Panzinar, 28 kilometres north of Srinagar, line up to vote on May 7. Photo: Mukhtar Khan/AP

CRPF soldiers participate in a cleaning drive at Ram-ki-Pauri on the banks of River Sarayu in Ayodhya on February 23, 2012. Personnel of the CAPF have been guarding the Ramjanmabhoomi complex in Ayodhya for close to 24 years now, spending their nights in shops in the nearby Mandi Samiti and clearing out in the morning before the shop owners come. Photo: PTI

The paramilitary forces battle terrorists, insurgents and naxalites and even play a role in the smooth conduct of elections, but it is the fight for dignity and recognition that has left them depressed and demoralised.
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