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CRPF mulls inducting its women warriors into anti-Naxal commando force | India News

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NEW DELHI: CRPF is “favourably considering” inducting its women warriors in the force’s elite CoBRA ‘commando’ battalions that specialise in anti-Maoist operations. The force, as part of its mantra ‘We don’t leave our men behind: Neither in battle, Nor in life”, is also working with the private sector to provide corporate jobs to the next of kin of its martyrs, besides training personnel who have suffered grievous injury or loss of limbs in the line of duty, to be cyber warriors.
Sharing these initiatives with mediapersons here on Thursday, CRPF DG A P Maheshwari underlined the CRPF’s success in various theatres like J&K and left-wing extremism-hit areas in the past year. He said 215 terrorists were neutralised in J&K in a total of 254 engagements/encounters in 2020, while 251 terrorists were apprehended and 360 arms and 41 IEDs recovered. Among those killed were Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Riyaz Naikoo, who carried a Rs 12 lakh reward on his head and had been eluding security forces for long, and, more recently, three heavily-armed Jaish terrorists in Nagrota.
In the counter-Naxal grid, CRPF killed 32 Maoists in the last one year with major successes in Jharkhand including the killing of Jidan Guriya, a Maoist carrying Rs 15 lakh reward, in Khunti. Maheshwari said CRPF has established 18 forward operating bases in interior regions of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and several more such bases were under consideration.
Maheshwari said women warriors of the forces, currently deployed in most difficult theatres such as J&K and LWE areas and also doing well in Bastariya battalion deployed in ‘core’ areas of Chhattisgarh, had requested induction into CoBRA, which was being favourably considered.
Importantly, the CRPF, always keen to look after its personnel and their families, has taken three important initiatives. Firstly, it has set up a National Centre for Divyang Empowerment for skilling and reskilling internal security warriors who are grievously injured with loss of limbs. The force is skilling divyang warriors in para-sports and re-skilling them in information technology to turn them into cyber warriors.
Secondly, CRPF has got 54 next of kin and wards of its martyrs appointed across nine private sector companies including Wipro, Toyota and Dream Studio based in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Thirdly, thanks to CRPF’s intervention, Bharat ke Veer trust is providing Rs 10 lakh financial support to the parents of married warriors who have attained martyrdom on or after May 1, 2020. Also, Rs 10 lakh is being paid from Bharat ke Veer corpus to central forces personnel who are boarded out from service on account of injury or disability suffered in action.
Among other interesting initiatives, Maheshwari told newspersons that three Indian dog breeds – Mudhol Hound, Mongrel and Kombai – had been inducted into the CRPF canine squad, as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently in his programme ‘Mann ki Baat’.

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