It’s not often that we think about how safe we are, or who’s protecting us from internal as well as external threats. Besides the army-air force-navy trinity, there are seven Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) that help us sleep in peace at night. Five out of these – the Border Security Forces (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) – are headed by IPS officers. The Assam Rifles (AR) are operated under the army, while the National Security Guards (NSG) are taken from military forces.
When there are riots, who intervenes for law and order? What about during elections at poll booths? Who guards the airports?