India to deploy more mine-protected vehicles in IOK

New Delhi, April 24 (KMS): India will soon procure mine-protected vehicles and remotely operated vehicles for its troops deployed in occupied Kashmir, a Home Ministry official said.

Rs 6.13 billion has been sanctioned for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) to purchase additional mine-protected vehicles and bullet-proof jackets.

Expenditure sanction for Rs 160.84 million has also been issued to the National Security Guard (NSG) for the purchase of seven remotely operated vehicles, the official added.

The Indian forces such as CRPF use mine-protected vehicles (MPVs) for limited troop movements in areas like Jammu and Kashmir. About six personnel can travel in one such four-wheeled vehicle.

The MPVs are meant to protect the paramilitary personnel from the explosion caused by the improvised explosives devices (IEDs) in occupied Kashmir and in the Indian states where movements for freedom from India are going on.

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