Women soldiers of Assam Rifle regiment deployed at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
Women soldiers of Assam Rifle regiment deployed at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
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Indian army deployed women soldiers on Friday at various checkpoints in J&K's Ganderbal district in order to bridge the gap between locals and the security forces.

Colonel R.S. Karakoti, commanding officer of 34 Assam Rifles said the Rifle women of Assam Rifles have been deployed at mobile vehicle check posts in Ganderbal district. Women soldiers are also known as Rifle women in the area.

They were first deployed in Kupwara district in August 2020 after intelligence reports that militants were employing women handlers for narco and weapon smuggling. Colonel Karakoti said the Rifle women have been a force multiplier and they have become the bridge between the locals and the security forces.

"We deploy them during other operations as well. They have been able to develop a special relationship between the locals and the security forces," the officer said

The soldiers on guard in an armoured vehicle along Srinagar-Leh highway at Wasun in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
The soldiers on guard in an armoured vehicle along Srinagar-Leh highway at Wasun in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
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The soldiers stand on guard alongside passing vehicle
The soldiers stand on guard alongside passing vehicle
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They are also called 'Rifle women'
They are also called 'Rifle women'
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The soldiers seen inside an armoured vehicle at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir.
The soldiers seen inside an armoured vehicle at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir.
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The soldiers have been able to develop a special relationship between the locals and the security forces
The soldiers have been able to develop a special relationship between the locals and the security forces
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The soldiers guard  a checkpoint in Wasun area of Ganderbal district of Kashmir
The soldiers guard a checkpoint in Wasun area of Ganderbal district of Kashmir
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The soldiers stand on guard
The soldiers stand on guard
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They were first deployed in Kupwara district in August 2020 after intelligence reports that militants were employing women handlers for narco and weapon smuggling
They were first deployed in Kupwara district in August 2020 after intelligence reports that militants were employing women handlers for narco and weapon smuggling
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The soldiers screen commuters at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
The soldiers screen commuters at Wasun, in Ganderbal district of Kashmir
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(With inputs from IANS)

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