Smiles are back on the faces of the stressed out CRPF troopers busy battling stone- pelting mobs in Kashmir. Thanks to the world cup, the cricketing extravaganza is proving to be a great de-stressing tool to help the soldiers to keep their chin up in difficult conditions of the valley.
For a moment, the soldiers forget their tough duties and are glued to TV to watch the cricket, cheering and singing for India, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
“We give our best shot to guard the nation. Now we want Indian team to do the same and bring the world cup home. It will be the fitting tribute to the nation and the soldiers”, said Abdul Hussain, head constable of 28 battalion of the CRPF, cheering for India during special screening of the match at their battalion headquarters.
CRPF top bosses have risen to the occasion and made arrangements for screening of the matches. “We have put up big screens at some headquarters where the bulk of soldiers could watch the match. Every battalion has recreational halls for entertainment of jawans. Plus, we have given TV sets to posts for entertainment which is the biggest de-stressing factor”, said Prabhakar Tripathy, CRPF spokesman in Kashmir.
To start with the CRPF arranged a screening of the Indo-Bangladesh tie in one of the battalion headquarters in Bemina where hundreds of soldiers watched the match. Cheering to dancing, every four and six hit by the Indian batsman evoked an applause. Some did bhangra while others whistled to celebrate the hitting by Indian batsman.