CRPF DG in Chhattisgarh, anti-Naxal operationss on agenda

CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar will undertake a tour of Naxal-hit areas for a first hand knowledge about the menace especially problems faced in anti-Maoist operations.

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) P M 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 training
mandatory for IPS probationers.

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

PTI

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