New Delhi: The CRPF, which is in the
forefront of anti-Naxal operations across the country, has
begun the process of preparing special counter-IED teams
comprising more than 2100 of its retired officials.
"CRPF has initiated the process of employment of 434
retired Junior Commissioned Officials and 1,736 retired Non
Commissioned Officials on contractual basis to form
counter-IED teams in 62 CRPF battalions deployed for
anti-naxal operations," Home Minister P Chidambaram said.
Officials aware of the development said that the teams
will be exclusively trained to develop intelligence and
diffuse IEDs planted by Naxals.
They said the decision was taken after it was noticed
that maximum casualties during anti-Naxal operations had taken
place due to IEDs.
Improvised Explosive Device, popularly known as roadside
bomb, is a sort of conventional explosive device which is
remotely operated and generally laid by Naxals on the roads or
on ways frequently used by security forces.
They also go off after getting exposed to pressure
generated by passing of jeeps, buses and other heavy vehicles.
According to a Home Ministry data, a total of 10,268
casualties have been reported between 2005 and May 2010 due to
Naxal violence. Out of these, 2,372 deaths have been reported
in 2009 as against 1,769 in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.
A total of 1,999 civilians and security men had lost
their lives in 2006 and 1,952 others in 2005. As many as 439
people were killed between January and May this year, it said.
A total of 83 districts in nine States -- Andhra Pradesh,
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal -- have been identified
as Naxal-hit, the data said.