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To fight Naxals, officers train in jungle survival

Publish Date: 17 Jan 2011, 08:47 PM
Last Updated: 17 Jan 2011, 08:48 PM
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Gurgaon, Jan 17 (Agencies): The CRPF, engaged in anti-Maoist operations, has trained a batch of young officers with special skills in jungle survival to carry out ambushes in difficult terrains like those in Naxal hotbeds.

A batch of fifty-six young officers including three women, were on Monday commissioned as Assistant Commandants in the world's largest paramilitary force, which has deployed almost 60000 personnel (sixty battalions) for anti-naxal operations in various states of the country.

The 41st DAGOs (Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers) batch is the first contingent of the force that passed out from the CRPF Academy here after last year's gruesome naxal attack in Chhattisgarh which killed 75 CRPF men including two officers.

"The officers were imparted a special three-week jungle and survival course during their training. Keeping in mind the operational requirements of the CRPF, including in naxal zones, this module is the most significant feature of their training," a senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer said.

Assistant Commandants are the cutting-edge level officers of a CRPF squad who lead a group of troops into operations.

The officers have also been trained for unarmed combat, weapon training, field craft and tactics, intelligence gathering, swimming and rock climbing during their 55-week training at various places including at the National Security Guard (NSG) base here.

CRPF Director General  Vijay Kumar, who took the reins of the force recently, took the salute of the new officers.

Kumar, who has set an example in the force by joining his field officers and jawans by laying operational ambushes in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, asked the officers to motivate the personnel under their command and keep a good regime of training and aim for the overall personality development of the troops.

Prakash Singh, who won the Home Minister's Cup and the Sword of Honour for the best trainee officer said he was proud of joining the force which has been the mainstay in various law and order and other challenging tasks of countering militants and insurgents in the country.

Banmala Kumar, a resident of Haryana, said she is looking forward to her appointment on the field after a month.

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