Now, ‘rifle-women’ to check arms smuggling in central Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The Army on Friday deployed women soldiers at various checkpoints in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Also known as ‘rifle-women’, their deployment is to primarily check narcotics and weapon smuggling across the LoC by local women.

The ‘rifle-women’ were already a part of combat groups in Kupwara district in north Kashmir, deployed in August last year amid reports of narcotics and weapon smuggling by militants with the help of their “women handlers.”

Commanding officer of 34 Assam Rifles RS Karakoti told media that ‘rifle-women’ of Assam Rifles have been deployed at mobile vehicle check posts in Ganderbal.

“They have been a force multiplier and they have been bridging the gap between forces and local women. We are using them in other operations as we use our riflemen. The ‘rifle-women’ help develop a special relation between the Army and the locals,” he said.

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