Country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF is all set to deploy over 560 women commandos for undertaking anti-Maoist operations in select Left Wing Extremism-affected states.
CRPF’s women battalion indiatoday
The CRPF said if Maoists can have women in their ranks, why not the security forces.
While initially these women personnel will be deployed in one company at a time and after some time their deployment and work utility will be scaled up.
The security force has created infrastructure and barracks for these women at certain locations while more such facilities will be created in due course of time.
CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad said the full batch will now be deployed in phases in LWE areas in the ‘company formation’ style, which means about 100 personnel at one time.
These women commandoes have been given training for 44 weeks in jungle warfare, smart-weapons firing, unarmed combat, and other drills. The force had sent some women personnel for familiarisation exercises in Bastar and Jharkhand.
Recently, border-guarding force Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) had declared that it will post its women personnel in full combat role in its units along the Sino-Indian border.
This is the fourth ‘mahila’ battalion of CRPF. A CRPF battalion has about 1,000 personnel.