CRPF to have new all-women squad

The CRPF will soon have a new squad of more than 600 women for rendering internal security duties.

Ajmer: The CRPF will soon have a
new squad of more than 600 women for rendering internal
security duties.

These young recruits, trained in unarmed combat and
weapon firing for 44-weeks, will be a part of the third
exclusive women battalion of the force.

"The unit, comprising 620 women, will be inducted on
August 2 here at a colourful ceremony," a senior Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer said.

The unit will be commanded by a senior women officer
of the force.

The other two `mahila` battalions of the force,
numbered 88 and 135, are at present deployed in Jammu and
Kashmir, North-East and other parts of the country for
performing various duties like conduct of polls and regulating
large rallies and demonstrations.

The new battalion, which will finally have the
standard strength of 1000 women, will be numbered 213.

It has a maximum of 142 women recruits hailing from
Rajasthan, 44 from Chhattisgarh, 47 from Orissa, 33 from
Jharkhand and five from Bihar.

President Pratibha Patil had recently took the salute
of the 88th women battalion of the force as it completed its
silver jubilee. It was raised on February 6, 1986.

PTI

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