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No 'Rambo-style' ops in Naxal areas, SOPs being revised: CRPF

CRPF will desist from undertaking any "Rambo"-style operations in the Naxal-affected areas even as the standard operating procedures in that regard are being rejigged, the chief of the country's largest paramilitary force has said.



New Delhi: CRPF will desist from undertaking any "Rambo"-style operations in the Naxal-affected areas even as the standard operating procedures in that regard are being rejigged, the chief of the country's largest paramilitary force has said.

Also, in the Left Wing-Extremism operations theatre, more than one lakh central security troops, apart from state police forces, will now be able to get better feed and intelligence data from technological gadgets as the NTRO's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) base has now been operationalised right inside the Naxal hotbed in Chhattisgarh.

"We don't need to do Rambo-style operations... We don't want that. When we ask our boys to perform a task (in Naxal- affected areas), they do it with a prompt sincerity and hence it is our responsibility to see that they are safe," CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra told PTI.

The former Odisha DGP, who took charge of the lead anti- Naxal operations force a few months back, said that the operations of the force will now be more focused and intelligence-based rather than being done by deploying security personnel in "herds" to effect a Rambo-type offensive that requires a huge number of boots on the ground.

"We believe quality operations with specific intelligence should be the aim. I have already said all large operations where a large mobilisation of forces is required will need to get clearance from the headquarters," the DG said.

He added that the SOPs in this regard were being "fine- tuned and rejigged".  

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