WB moots counter insurgency force to combat Naxals
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 23:42
Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to raise a counter insurgency force on the lines of Greyhounds in Andhra Pradesh to combat Maoists in the state.

A training centre for the personnel would be set up in Salua and they would be given field training at Salboni, both in West Midnapore district, while the force's headquarters would be based in Garia, Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh said today.

At least 1000 personnel from the state armed forces would be given commando training for inclusion in the counter insurgency force, he said, adding budgetary allocation has been made for the purpose.

IGP (Armed Police) Vivek Sahay was given additional charge as IGP (Operations) in the force, while Assistant Director of the National Police Academy Ajoy Nanda would take over as DIG (Training and Operations), Singh said.

At present such schools existed in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

The state police was also thinking of commando training on the Greyhound pattern for all policemen at a later stage, the DGP said.

Such training was currently given to DSPs and senior officials by the experts in naxalite-hit states, he said.

Trainees would be shortlisted from common recruitment, he said.

The Centre has approved the proposal for three counter insurgency anti-terrorist schools in North Bengal, Purulia and Salua, the officer said.


First Published: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 23:42

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