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Trained officers, jawans, to be posted on duty in Maoist infested pockets
CTC II also adept at providing training in nuclear, biological, chemical disaster mitigation and relief
COIMBATORE: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers and jawans posted on duty in Maoist strongholds are being imparted sniper training at CRPF's Central Training College II at Kurudampalayam on the outskirts of the city.
This was conveyed to reporters by Kishor Prasad, Commandant of CRPF-CTC II on the sidelines of the launch of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited's Rakshak prepaid mobile plans for Central paramilitary forces on Friday.
Mr. Prasad said that the six-week training for the first batch of 30 officers and jawans had begun.
CTC II is the first establishment in CRPF to impart the training, he said.
The trained jawans will be able to shoot at the target from a distance of even one km with absolute precision, he said.
People with such skills would be posted for work in Maoist infested pockets.
CTC II would train more CRPF personnel in sniper shooting in batches in a phased manner.
Mr. Prasad said that the CRPF was specialising in training Directly Appointed Sub-Ordinate Officers and so far 81 batches had passed out after training.
The training includes the Bureau of Police Research and Development-certified courses.
The training is aimed at imparting mob dispersal skills to the jawans.
The training was also on the basis of the guidelines of the Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior.
Mr. Prasad also said that CTC II was also adept at training personnel in nuclear, biological and chemical disaster mitigation and relief and licensed to handle Radio Active sources in the event of a disaster.
CTC II had so far trained 1,400 personnel in Disaster Mitigation.
The Union Home Ministry was creating an exclusive National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with personnel from the CRPF, Border Security Force, Indo Tibetan Border Police and Central Industrial Security.
The CRPF was raising one battalion at Vijayawada exclusively for NDRF.
The CRPF, which had 218 battalions as of now, was in the process of raising 18 more battalions, of which one Mahila battalion was coming up at Ajmer. In another four years another Mahila battalion would be raised.
The mission of relieving the CRPF from border security responsibilities has almost been completed and the battalions have come back for internal security duties, he said.
Mr. Prasad said that the job of creating a separate intelligence unit for the CRPF was taking shape.
The separate intelligence unit for CRPF in its operational areas was aimed at averting intelligence failures, delay or loss of time in getting the input and acting on it, he added.
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