CRPF DG in Chhattisgarh, anti-Naxal operationss on agenda

CRPF Dir General K Vijay Kumar, who just took over the world`s largest paramilitary force, will undertake a tour of Naxal-hit areas for a first hand knowledge about the menace especially problems faced in anti-Maoist operations.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 15:19 PM IST

Raipur: CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar, who just took over the world`s largest paramilitary force, will undertake a tour of Naxal-hit areas for a first hand knowledge about the menace especially problems faced in anti-Maoist operations.

Kumar, who took over the CRPF at a time when the Central force grappled with the Naxal menace, convened a high-level meeting of senior police officials immediately
after reaching here from Delhi.

He was accompanied by CRPF Additional Director General (Operations) PM Nair.
"This meeting will facilitate an open and frank environment for officials to discuss the issue of Naxals and any teething problems being faced," a senior police official,
who did not wish to be identified, said.

Sources said Kumar will also visit Nagpur and Ghadchiroli, where four cops including two CRPF personnel, were killed in a blast early this week.

The trip to various Naxal areas has been organised for Kumar to understand the problems and to assess the ground situation.

Kumar said the best practices of earlier such operations which he had handled, including the one that led to forest brigand Veerapan`s death, would be taken into account while making new strategies for the force which is in the thick of action in Naxal-hit areas.

Besides the overall welfare of the force, the stress of the new chief is likely to be on specialised training, equipment and shaping up the intelligence wing of the CRPF
which is in its infancy.

58-year-old Kumar, as Director General of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, had made jungle warfare trainingmandatory for IPS probationers.

He was brought in after the Centre shunted out the earlier CRPF chief Vikram Srivastava.

PTI