No intelligence wing for CRPF in J&K, NE

The government has slashed the creation of an exclusive intelligence wing in the CRPF for its troops deployed in operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 17:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The government has slashed the
creation of an exclusive intelligence wing in the CRPF for its
troops deployed in operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the
North East.

However, a similar snooping set-up has been approved for
aiding the forces` operations in the Naxal affected states of
the country but the force is yet to operationalise the wing
more than two years after a formal sanction was granted to it.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed
close to 60,000 troops for anti-Naxal operations and has been
wanting an exclusive intelligence wing for undertaking quality
operations which result in eliminating the enemy without
suffering casualties.

The force has lost about 120 personnel in ambushes, IED
explosions and gunfights in the last year and the intelligence
wing is expected to give a `fine edge` to CRPF in averting
such incidents.

According to official sources, the force has now been
asked to raise the wing only for left-wing extremism (naxal)
operations and leave out two other theatres where it has
deployed its troops for undertaking operations and rendering
security duties-- Jammu and Kashmir and North East.

While in Jammu and Kashmir the force has deployed close
to 69,000 personnel (69 battalions) for counter-insurgency
operations and providing security to VVIPs and vital
installations, in North East it has deployed 34 battalions to
perform counter-insurgency and road opening duties to public
and official convoys on the highways.

"The snoop wing for Jammu and Kashmir and North East
states may come up at a later stage as CRPF`s main role is now
in anti-Naxal operations and this is where it is facing a
major challenge," a senior officer said.

The force, however, is still to operationalise the wing
in Naxal hotbeds as the final approval to the wing is pending
with the Finance Ministry for financial approval.

"The exclusive intelligence wing for the CRPF is
absolutely essential. After it was first mooted in 2005, the
unit got formal sanction in 2009. After last year`s deadly
ambush in Chhattisgarh`s Dantewada where 75 men were killed by
Naxals, the force fastpaced the deployment of the wing by
training its men and undertaking various special courses for
them on the lines of other existing snoop agencies," sources
in the Union Home Ministry said.

Successive CRPF Director Generals have underlined the
need for the on-ground deployment of this unit but various
issues like getting timely sanctions have held back the
full-fledged roll out of the wing.

The exclusive wing will now have close to 500 personnel
who will be under the ovearall command of the Additional
Director General (Operations) at the forces` headquarter in
the national capital.

The government had accorded official sanction to CRPF in
September 2009 to have 1,248 posts for the intelligence wing.

PTI