CRPF recruits from naxal-hit states to win locals

The CRPF, mainly involved in anti-naxal operations, has recruited nearly 2,300 men and women in its constabulary from states affected by left wing extremism in a bid to win the trust of locals.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 20:51 PM IST

New Delhi: The CRPF, mainly involved in
anti-naxal operations, has recruited nearly 2,300 men and
women in its constabulary from states affected by left wing
extremism in a bid to win the trust of locals.

The young men and women will soon start their basic
training in combat and police drills and are expected to join
the 2.50-lakh strong force by next year.
"The Union government has a policy of keeping a certain
per cent of seats in the central para-military forces for men
and women from the districts. The aim is to make the locals
partners in development and also generate a favourable opinion
for the force among them," a senior CRPF officer said.

The day-to-day activities of the central police forces
battling naxals revolve around the locals as the troops have
their camps and check posts in their areas, he said.

By recruiting one amongst their own, the forces earn
goodwill and friendship in the process, the officer said.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram also highlighted the
factor when he recently said at an event here that there was a
"trust deficit" among the people of naxal-hit areas.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) recruited 2,207
male candidates who have applied to the force from the naxal
affected districts in 2009.
There were a total of 4257 vacancies for the post of
constables and the force got application from 1,13,433 men. 90
women were also recruited during the same period out of 2,002
women candidates who applied for 311 vacant posts reserved for
female candidates from the naxal-hit districts of Jharkhand
and Chhattisgarh.

The CRPF has two exclusive women battalions and will
raise the third in the current financial year.

Anti-naxal duties is one of the largest responsibilities
shouldered by the CRPF which is also involved in
counter-insurgency, anti-militancy and law and order duties
across the country.

The CRPF has deployed almost 40,000 personnel (40
battalions) in various naxal-affected states for the job. A
recent brutal attack by Maoists on April six in Chhattisgarh`s
Dantewada district killed 75 personnel in one go.

The CRPF, since then, is not only revising its Standard
Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent loss of lives and
achieve a greater operational success, but also looking at
enhancing various civic action initiatives to win over the
locals.

PTI