Thursday, June 04, 2009

BSF ready to fight Naxal menace: Kumawat

Published: June 1,2009

New Delhi, Jun 1 Amid reports of two more paramilitary forces joining the counter- Naxal operations, the BSF today said it is ready to perform the duty as it did in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast earlier.

"We are ready to go wherever the government wants us to go and we will have to impart a short training to our troops as the Naxal problem is a specialised one," Director General of BSF, M L Kumawat told reporters here.

Kumawat said Border Security Force (BSF) has earlier worked in Naxal-infested areas and insurgency and militancy hit areas of Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources in the Home Ministry, a combined team of the CRPF, BSF and ITBP is likely to be brought in for undertaking offensives against the Left-Wing Extremists (LWE) in various states of the country.

The proposal, pending for some time, received a push in the wake of widespread Naxal violence during the Lok Sabha polls, when the extremists used rocket launchers for the first time.

Kumawat, who commands the the 157-batallion of border guarding force, however, said an order from the government had not been received so far.

Source: PTI

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