Army to provide intensive anti-Naxal training to police forces
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:35
New Delhi: The Army will provide intensive training to paramilitary and state police forces in anti-Naxal operations in the wake of the massacre of CRPF jawans by Maoists in Dantewada forest of Chattisgarh.

But it would refrain from getting directly involved in the operations being carried out by the paramilitary forces in Naxal-infested areas, senior officers in the Army headquarters said here today.

They said the Army has been training about 200 companies of state police forces numbering 30,000 personnel and another 25 battalions of the central paramilitary forces consisting of 20,000 troops for anti-Naxal operations at its training centres including one in Panagarh in West Bengal.

"However, there will be intensive, rigorous training that would be given to them," the officers said.

They said there is no scope to increase the number of trainees or to compress the training schedule as the syllabus and the time taken to complete the training have been fixed.

"The resources at these training centres are being utilised completely and there is no possibility of increasing the number of trainees or the trainers at the moment. We do not intend to send more senior officers to train the state police or paramilitary forces other than those who are already involved in the task," the officers said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:35

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