Coimbatore: The paramilitary CRPF is being imparted specialised trainings in jungle warfare and sniper shooting to combat Left-wing extremism and law and order problems, a top official said on Wednesday.

"Though a large contingent of the force has been deployed to counter insurgent activities in Jammu and Kashmir and of late Maoists, the force is being given training in different fields to make them capable of tackling various challenges arising in the country from time to time," D K Pathak, Additional Director General (Training), CRPF, told reporters at Central Training College, on the city outskirts.

Pathak, who took guard of honour at the passing out parade of the 124 directly appointed sub-inspectors, said the CRPF personnel are being given training in jungle warfare and sniper shooting, as Maoists are normally operated from jungles.

Stating that about 13,000 constables are undergoing training at various centres in the country, he said 1,600 Sis and 159 Assistant Commanding Officers are being given specialised training to meet various challenges.

On induction of dogs, Pathak said that CRPF had already purchased 59 Belgium Sheperd, which would be used as sniffers, trackers and for patrolling and would augment the strength by in-house breeding in Taralu near Bangalore.

(Agencies)