Modernisation process continuing in CRPF (India)


"CRPF is facing some challenge in the naxal-affected areas since they use IEDs and landmines, causing heavy damage to the force," K T D Singh Inspector General (Operations), CRPF, Delhi, told reporters at its training camp at Kududampalayam, about 20 kms from here.   Though modernisation was being done in a phased manner since 2000, CRPF was now getting better weapons, communication equipment, modern and bullet proof vehicles and mine protectors, Singh said.


(25.10.2005)

To counter challenges posed by extremists, particularly naxalites, CRPF is in the process of modernising its force by inducting sophisticated weapons and gadgetry, a top official said today.

"CRPF is facing some challenge in the naxal-affected areas since they use IEDs and landmines, causing heavy damage to the force," K T D Singh Inspector General (Operations), CRPF, Delhi, told reporters at its training camp at Kududampalayam, about 20 kms from here.

Though modernisation was being done in a phased manner since 2000, CRPF was now getting better weapons, communication equipment, modern and bullet proof vehicles and mine protectors, Singh said.

To improve its performance, the force keeps reviewing its requirements and old 7.62 rifles were being replaced with AK group of rifles and INSAS, besides inducting Automatic Grenade Launcher and CG Rocket Launchers, he said.

The force has acquired a new kind of satellite communication system which was very useful in inhospitable terrain, Singh said adding that CRPF was also getting sophisticated protective gears like bullet proof jackets, night vision devices, dog squad and gadgets for bomb disposal squad.

On the strength of the force, Singh said that with 25 more battalion being raised by next year, the total battalion strength would increase to 200 by 2007.

Singh, who is here in connection with the Police Commemoration Day, said there were two exclusive Mahila battalion and their personnel have been deployed in adequate numbers in Jammu and Kashmir. Though the level of terrorist activities and violence have come down in Jammu and Kashmir, strict vigil was being kept there, Singh said, adding that CRPF was alert in 13 States, including North Eastern and Naxal-infested regions.

"However, we have been quite successfull at many places, neutralising terrorism, recovering weapons and explosives, besides arresting number of insurgent cadres," he said.

"We are taking care in countering the challenges from naxalites, who are causing damage through hidden attacks, like they did in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, where 31 CRPF personnel lost their lives. Such incidents are a matter of concern for us," Singh said.

However, no amount of attacks would deter the determined force and the morale of the troops was very high, he said.

A Joint Task Force has also been created on the operations being undertaken in Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The Union Home Ministry has also decided to strengthen coastguard vigil, for which substantial funds would be provided soon.

At an average, 1000 CRPF personnel had laid down their lives while fighting extremist activities across the country, Singh added.

Von: 21 October 2005, http://www.outlookindia.com

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