CRPF shifts central zone headquarters back to Raipur

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2017

The Unified Command was created in all the Maoist- affected states in the aftermath of the 2010 Dantewada attack, where 75 CRPF personnel and a state policeman were killed in a deadly ambush carried out by Naxals.

Ten suspects in the Sukma naxal attack were apprehended by the police on Saturday from Kukanar village in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, as reported by news agency ANI.

On May 4, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Chhattisgarh Police had also arrested four Naxalites in a joint operation.

CRPF Additional Director General (Central Zone) Kuldiep Singh took over the command in Raipur on Friday as the MHA had instructed the CRPF to ensure that the command start functioning from the new place before the Monday meeting.

"In the present circumstances where there are no regular battalions to spare and operations by them have faced reverses, it is the CoBRA that will pave the way". The day-long meeting will discuss the role of states in operations of paramilitary forces, raising and employment of India Reserve (IR) Battalions and Special India Reserve Battalion (SIRB) as well as capacity building.

Sources said the high-level meeting will look at various ways of improving the existing strategy to counter naxals, who have managed to strike the force twice in a month.

Another official present in today's meeting said the regular CRPF teams will be provided with more teams of expert troops who are adept at handling improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which have killed or maimed over 300 security forces personnel in the previous year itself.

Dubeys statement is in stark contrast to senior security adviser to the Union Home Ministry and acting CRPF DG, K Vijay Prasad, who had denied any failure of intelligence soon after the incident.

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