Army to provide intensive anti-Naxal training to police forces
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.