Raipur: The CRPF, which is undertaking anti-
Naxal operations in the country, has trained and deployed an
elite squad of snipers for the first time, adding a lethal
punch to the force.
The first unit of less than 40 marksmen will be part of
the world`s largest paramilitary which has close to three lakh
The force, which has deployed almost 60,000 personnel for
counter-Naxal operations, has trained handpicked commandos to
be deployed in the special tasks units of the C0BRA.
"The snipers will act as the main assault weapon and cover
for a raid unit which is on foot. Some of the best forces in
the world undertaking jungle warfare tasks deploy snipers for
operational success," a top security officer deployed in the
naxal grid of Chhattisgarh and Orissa said.
The marksmen have been trained on the SSG-69 sniper weapon
and have been deployed alongside the Commando Battalion for
Resolute Action (CoBRA), which undertake specific and special
operations in Naxal terrain.
The snipers take the hide of a suitable geographical
feature in the jungles and can aim for more than the usual
range covered by the standard weapons of the personnel.
The snipers provide an edge to the force as they can aim
the target without going close to it, the officer said.
This is the first time that a security force has deployed
snipers for anti-Naxal operations in the country.
According to sources, these measures have been taken at
the behest of CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar who is known for his
earlier stint as the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF)
commander which eliminated forest brigand Veerappan.
The snipers have been trained at the Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) training facility in Coimbatore and have
undertaken a special course in reading jungle terrain maps and
operating global positioning devices.