Thursday, March 04, 2010

Naxal ops: Serving Army officers to train cops

Maneesh Chhibber Posted online: Thursday , Mar 04, 2010 at 0042 hrs

New Delhi : Worried that the recent Maoist attack on a security force camp at Silda in West Bengal,in which 24 Eastern Frontier Rifles men were killed, could turn into a regular feature as the state police are yet to gear up to meet the challenge posed by Naxals, the Centre is all set to finalise a new strategy to ensure better training for the police.

At a crucial meeting being held Thursday, the Union Home Ministry will greenlight the move to involve serving Army counter-terrorism experts in the training of police personnel in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Assam.

Sources told The Indian Express that MHA had already discussed the matter with the Defence Ministry as well as the Army and that they have agreed to spare officers for periods between six months to a year for this purpose. “We have requested the Army to place the trainers on deputation with MHA or the respective state governments for the duration of the training,” said a senior MHA officer.

Training will take place at the Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism Schools,established in these states last year. As of now, only retired Army officers and jawans are involved in the training of state and central police forces.

“Basically, the purpose is to ensure that our police forces in Naxal and terrorism-infested states,which lack required skills to take on Naxalites and terrorists in jungle and guerilla warfare, are provided the best-possible training. Since it got involved in counter-terrorism operations in J&K and North-East, the Army has revised its training programme in view of the changed scenario. This is why we are keen to involve serving officers in training our police force,” the officer said.

It is learnt that some states like Chattisgarh and Maharashtra have already asked the Centre to depute serving Army officers to train their police personnel involved in anti-Naxal operations.

Most states in the Red Corridor, where Naxal presence is maximum, have time and again argued that their forces were ill-equipped and ill-trained to take on Maoists.

At Thursday’s meeting, which will be attended by senior police and Home Department officers from Naxal-infested states,MHA will finalise the blueprint for coordinated anti-Naxal operations involving the Special Operations Groups (SOG) of state police forces and the CRPF, sources said.


Anonymous said...

the naxal infested states must raise Territorial Army units of local volunteers as raised in J&K and in NORTH eastern states
this youth force of volunteer citizen army will not only eradicate the unemployement but give a motivated direction to local youth to cut & erase the NAXAL meneace from their own land & mind

LT COLONEL Rajinder singh shekhawat said...

The TA units raised in LOC ares of J&K are doing agood job in their OPERATIONAL role of providing INPUT to regular anti CI & CT units of army
similarly such TA units can be raised in all naxal effected states to fight & eradicate the moasit disease from all LWE effected states