New Delhi: Tasked to train paramilitary and state police forces for fighting Left-wing extremists, the Army is planning to set up a dedicated counter insurgency
warfare school at Kondaigaon town in Naxal-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.
"We have received in-principle approval for setting up the National School of Counter Insurgency Warfare (NSCIW) at Kondaigaon where we will impart counter insurgency and jungle warfare techniques to the paramilitary and police troops,"
Army sources told a news agency here.
The state government has provided a large tract of land near Kondaigaon town for the project worth over Rs 800 crore.
Once set up, all paramilitary and state forces to be deployed in anti-Naxal operations would be trained at the school before being inducted for operations, they said.
The sources said till now, the state and paramilitary forces were being trained by Army at its facilities in Belgaum in Karnataka and Wairangate in Mizoram but this new school will bring all training courses for anti-Naxal operations under one roof.
The Army is not directly involved in anti-Naxal operations but has been tasked to train paramilitary and state police forces for enhancing their skills in jungle warfare.
It has trained over 2,000 troops belonging to central paramilitary forces (CPMF) and various state forces to deal with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) frequently used by Maoists to carry out attacks.
Over 60,000 police personnel have been trained since 2006 in counter-Naxal operations by Army at its various facilities. Increasing its presence in Naxal-hit areas, the Army has set up a new permanent training facility in the Naxal-hit area
of Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh to train troops in jungle warfare. The first Army brigade from Lucknow was stationed in Narayanpur in June and successfully completed its training in August.