Coimbatore: A "determined and resolute" CRPF
is committed to wipe out left-wing terrorism despite temporary
setbacks due to killings of its men and is committed to
upgrade training in various fields, including intelligence, a
top CRPF official said here on Sunday.
"Though CRPF have lost 29 men in the last one year,
mostly in landmine and bomb blasts, its morale is very high
and they are determined, resolute and committed to the core to
wipe out left wing terrorism," K Vijayakumar, CRPF Director
General told reporters here.
He said Maoists are taking advantage of the "gap" in
development in remote areas and attacking CRPF men, thinking
they would lie low without indulging in counter-insurgency.
Listing out the various steps to upgrade the force, he
said specialized schools are being started at various places
in India to maintain internal security and to tackle
A training school has been started in Gurgaon in Haryana
to strengthen intelligence, being carried out jointly with
State and Central governments` assistance, he said.
As CRPF required about 2,000 to 3,000 sniffer dogs, a dog
breeding and training school would be opened in Tharalu on the
outskirts of Bangalore, he said, adding that a National
non-lethal weapons training school would also be started soon.
There are plans to raise 10 more battalions each of COBRA
(Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and RAF (Rapid Action
Force), four general battalions and to increase the strength
of three Mahila battalion, taking the total number of
battalions to 225, Vijayakumar said.