Army proposes new anti-Naxal training centre

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 19:54

New Delhi: In the backdrop of major attacks
by Maoists against paramilitary and Central police personnel,
the Army has proposed to set up a dedicated centre to ready
the security men for the battle against the Naxals.

The proposal was made during the ongoing Army Commanders`
Conference here and it was suggested that the new centre could
be set up on the lines of the Army`s Counter Insurgency and
Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Mizoram.

Army sources said here today that the Commanders
discussed the issue and they were willing to offer the
services of defence officers as instructors at the new school
for training the paramilitary personnel.

The new centre, sources said, would be in addition to the
anti-Naxal operations training that the Army has been provided
for the last six years now.

The training all these years were taking place both at
the Army`s Corps Training Centres and at the Central
Paramilitary Forces` training schools in the states affected
by Maoist menace.

The Army has so far trained 46,343 paramilitary, state
and central police personnel in anti-Naxal operations.

The Army commanders are also scheduled to get an update
on Naxal menace in central states with the Central Army
Command under Lt Gen V K Ahluwalia making a presentation
on `The Naxal Situation: Its Likely Developments and Resources
Required` on the penultimate day of their five-day
conference.

The idea of a dedicated training school for paramilitary
and police forces was floated even as Maoists triggered an
Improvised Explosive Device to blow up a bus killing 35
passengers, including 20 special police officers, in Dantewada
district of Chhattisgarh yesterday.

The Maoists had on April 7 attacked a CRPF party
slaughtering 76 of its personnel who were returning after a
search operation in Dantewada forests.

The demand for involving the armed forces in anti-Naxal
campaign came up after the April 7 incident but the Defence
Ministry and the Army in particular are averse to the idea.

They have been arguing that use of the defence forces
against own citizens was not advisable and that the Naxal
menace was only a law and order problem for which the
primarily responsibility is that of the state police.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 19:54

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