Jamshedpur, Oct. 4 : CRPF director general K Durga Prasad on Tuesday said that women battalion will carry operation in Maoists affected areas in the state.
A company of women battalion of CRPF will be based in Ranchi from this month and would be used strategically at Maoists affected regions in the state.
Prasad, who laid foundation stones for a multi-storied (G+3) 180 men barrack at 106th Battalion of Rapid Action Force (RAF) at Sundernagar, speaking after the ceremony said that a company of the 232 women battalion of CRPF currently having its base in Salboni in Bengal will be posted in Ranchi.
“It is a very important strategic move. This would be the first instance of a company of CRPF women battalion being posted to carry out operation in Maoist affected areas. Around 120 women commandos of CRPF from the 232 women battalion of CRPF at Salboni will be posted at Dhurwa in Ranchi from this month itself.
This would certainly enhance CRPF intelligence gathering network and also give new dimension to the civil action plan in winning confidence of the locals who are being influenced by Maoists for different reasons,” said the director general of CRPF.
Incidentally, the women commandos have received training (44 weeks) from CRPF training center in Ajmer, Rajasthan earlier this year.
According to senior CRPF officials accompanying the director general there are operational benefits of deploying women commandos in Maoist areas.
“The idea is that they can easily interact with local women folk in rural areas and help us in gathering good intelligence and in a way bring us closer to the locals. They will also be used strategically in areas having sizeable number of women Maoists,’ said the official.
Meanwhile, the director general said that active inter-state operations even during monsoon has led to Maoists presence dwindling significantly in eastern states.
“It is really very important work in more coordinated manner and most importantly one must learn from the past mistakes of not being casual to the established security norms while combating extremist forces,” asserted the DG.
Sources revealed that during the meeting discussions were held on a number of issues, all pertaining to anti-naxal operations.
Prasad also learnt to have given directives to his subordinates as to how to go about for operations in Singhbhum and South Chhotanagpur region, where rebels make use of landmines the most.