Gurgaon: The CRPF, a key force in anti-Naxal
operations, will have to acquire an intelligence-based
strategy to combat Maoists who have organised themselves as a
"regular fighting army", Home Minister P Chidambaram said
Chidambaram said this while inaugurating the first-ever
intelligence training school for Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) officers and personnel at its academy at Kadarpur here,
adjacent to Delhi.
"Counter-insurgency and countering Left-wing extremists
(LWE) require a very different strategy and approach. It`s not
intervening, setting things right in a few days and returning
to your group centre or your headquarters.
"It`s remaining deployed for a long time to take on an
adversary such as the CPI (Maoists) which is organised as a
regular fighting army," the Home Minister said terming the
training school as a "milestone" in the force`s history.
"All this has made new demands upon the CRPF. One has to
develop intelligence about his adversary, one has to develop
intelligence for operations, one has to work with the
community and build confidence among the people in that area,
undertake civic action programmes to win the support of the
people," Chidambaram said.
"So, a lot of new activities have to be undertaken by the
CRPF which is why it was felt that a small intelligence wing
or a group in each battalion will be necessary (for CRPF)," he
The CRPF has deployed more than 70,000 troops for anti-
Naxal operations in various states.
CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar said on the occasion
that the new school and the recently sanctioned snoop wing is
special as it will be "customised" for force`s operational