The CRPF has begun training its personnel in special commando tactics involving heliborne operations with the help of the elite NSG to enhance their skills for anti-Naxal drive.
A group of instructors from the National Security Guard (NSG) have begun training the troops in helicopter ‘slithering’ operations here as these skills are useful for troop insertion and casualty evacuation during Naxal ambushes and encounters, a senior CRPF official said.
“In a helicopter slithering operation, the troops are trained to skillfully slide down and enter an operational area with the help of a rope lowered from a chopper. The NSG is the best in this department and, hence, we have asked them to train our men,” he said.
The NSG had conducted a ‘slithering’ operation atop Jewish complex– Nariman House– during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
A fleet of MI-17s, deployed for anti-Naxal operations, are being used by the NSG ‘black cats’ to train the CRPF men and commandos of the CoBRA battalion. The CRPF has been playing a key role in anti-Maoist operations in the country.