The Rashtriya Rifles, a force which was created in 1990 to fight terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, has complemented the security forces operating in the state to the hilt.
The counter insurgency force is made up of soldiers from other parts of the Indian army. It can also be described as a crack force whose main job is to neutralize terrorists at high altitudes. Further, RR works under the authority of Ministry of Defence.
The last decade of the 20th century, the 1990s was brutal for Jammu and Kashmir as separatists and terrorists had gained ground in the state. Insurgency had gripped the countryside as Pakistan backed terror groups wreaked havoc in the valley.
In such a situation, Rashtriya Rifles played a huge role in counter insurgency operations and was instrumental in breaking the backbone of militancy.
An attack on 46 Rashtriya Rifles by Pak terrorists on Sunday (October 2) is likely to elicit a stern response from India, especially as it came exactly a fortnight after the Uri terror attacks and only four days after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes against seven terror launchpads in Pakistan ocupied Kashmir. In Sunday's attack two terrorists were killed while one BSF jawan losts his life.
Sepoy Chandu Babula Chavan, who served with 37 Rashtriya Rifles had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control after surgical strikes by India in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He is still being held captive by the Pakistan army due to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Indian government is trying its best to bring the soldier back.