For the first time,women Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos will be deployed for jungle warfare in Chhattisgarh.
Officials said the decision was taken after a successful experiment in which the commandos took part in anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh for a month.
The women commandos have more acceptability among locals and there is a sense of trust among villagers whenever they go for operations. The villagers are more forthcoming in sharing information and the elderly and children feel comfortable in their presence, said Zulfiquar Hasan,Inspector General (operations),CRPF.
A team of 40 women personnel was given commando training and deployed for operations in Bijapur,Dantewada and Jagdalpur districts.
Meanwhile,CRPF Director General Pranay Sahay said 3,500 candidates from areas affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) were enrolled in a special recruitment drive.
We have spent Rs 1.57 crore on pre-recruitment training of candidates in the 26 worst-affected districts in seven states, he said.
Sahay said West Bengal was the best model. Maoist activity in West Bengal has come down almost to nil due to active state participation. Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,where Maoist activity is high,should follow Bengal. We have deployed more forces in border areas to check movement of Maoists, he said.
Sahay said CRPF,which was deployed in Maoist areas in 2009,was in a strong position today. Our men have become familiar with the terrain.