The Army has written to the Department of Military Affairs (DMS), requesting the ministries of Defence and Home to issue guidelines to ensure that combat dress is not worn by the central armed police forces (CAPF) while handling law and order situations and also during deployment in urban areas affected by terrorism.
The Army has also asked that the camouflage uniform should be worn by the CAPF and police forces only in the jungle terrain in Maoist affected areas. The Army has pointed out to the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) that bulletproof jackets of the CAPFs and state police should be of plain Khaki colour and not of the “combat colour”.
It has also requested that the sale of Army pattern clothes in the open market needs to be regulated. The Army wrote to the Chief of Defence Staff led DMA about all this on Monday.
It comes after several CAPF and police personnel deployed for the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest at Jafrabad in Delhi on Sunday were seen wearing Army pattern combat uniform, sources said. “CAPFs and State Police forces over a period of time have started wearing combat uniforms which are just slightly different from the ones worn by Indian Army personnel.
These minor variations cannot be distinguished by most civilians, giving them the impression that the personnel wearing such dresses while engaged in Internal security duties, escorting VIPs and policing duties are Army personnel. Wearing combat dress by CAPFs and State Police forces may be misinterpreted as the Army being deployed for Internal Security duties and elections,” sources said.
In its latest communication to the DMA, the Army has asked for implementation of guidelines such as, “Combat dress should not be worn by CAPFs pan India while being employed to handle law and order situations and also during deployment in urban areas affected by terrorism. The surroundings do not demand such a requirement.”
“Use of distinctly different (both in colour and pattern) disruptive dress by CAPFs and State Police forces should be restricted only to employment in jungle terrain in LWE affected areas,” is another demand made by the Army.