Nobel Peace: Indian women police squad elated



New Delhi: A squad of 125 Indian women police personnel far away in Liberia is elated as it finds itself sharing some bright moments after the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize last week.

The women, drawn from paramilitary CRPF, are deployed as special police officers under the UN to guard Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who has won the coveted prize along with two other women.

An elite squad of these AK-47 totting women personnel keep a round-the-clock vigil on the office of the President which also houses the West African nation's foreign affairs department in capital Monrovia.

"It is a proud and a very happy moment for us that the Nobel Peace Prize has been won by the Liberian President. The Indian women contingent was chosen to guard her and our camp and the women are ecstatic," Commander of the Indian Female Formed Police Unit (FFPU) Poonam Gupta told PTI over phone from her camp office in Monrovia.

"The girls are extremely elated by this announcement and they have requested us to make arrangements to call on the President and greet her," Gupta, who took over from a previous CRPF contingent in February this year, said.

"The President has visited us a few times and had also come to our camp early this year. The girls see her regularly going in and out for work but surely the Nobel Peace Prize has made them see her in a new light of respect and admiration," Gupta said.

Recounting their daily drill, Gupta said a small platoon of about 8-10 armed women personnel from the contingent keep a constant vigil of Sirleaf's office, where she spends her maximum time.

The personnel are armed with weapons like AK-47, INSAS rifles and Light Machine Guns (LMGs) to thwart any attempt of sabotage the vital infrastructure and its occupants.

PTI