Green signal: CRPF’s own intelligence network for Maoist heartland

Finally, the Government has accorded formal sanction for the creation of the CRPF Integrated Intelligence Wing. Among others, it will include an intelligence school that will train the officers and men of paramilitary force in collecting intelligence in the Naxal-affected areas. The proposal was hanging fire for the last few years owing to varied reasons.

The Union Home Ministry has approved creation of 468 posts for the intelligence school to be created at the CRPF Group Centre at Kadarpur in Gurgaon. The school will be headed by a principal, who will be a Commandant-rank officer.

The faculty will comprise CRPF officers, who have been trained with Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and Military Intelligence. Complete “Training of Trainers Course” and guest faculties will be drawn from the Central intelligence school.

The school will offer five courses, including Basic Intelligence Course for officers and subordinate officers, Intelligence Orientation course for DIGs/Commandants, Interrogation course for officers and subordinate officers, workshop on intelligence for sector intelligence officers and a refresher course.

The intelligence set up will include an intelligence cell at each field unit level, range and sector level with the apex body at the CRPF headquarter.

“The Intelligence school is first of its kind in CRPF and will train the personnel in collecting, collating and assimilating intelligence and converting the same into actionable intelligence,” an official said, adding the same will go a long way in countering Naxals.”

Till now, the CRPF had to depend on the local police forces of the Naxal-affected States for intelligence on the ultras and was considered as a key reason for the setbacks suffered by the paramilitary and consequent domination by the insurgents.

The Naxal wing will be headquartered at the CRPF Directorate here at the CGO Complex and will be supplemented by Sector and Cobra Headquarters in the operational areas. The wing will initially be headed by a Commandant-rank official and the Sector and Cobra headquarters will be headed by deputy commandant-rank official.

The CRPF had earlier created an intelligence unit out of its own resources by deputing officials and staffers on ad-hoc basis.

The intelligence wing will create a database of the Naxal masterminds in different States and the paramilitary force will target the top rung of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).

CRPF insiders said the sanctioned strength of the intelligence wing is sufficient for the time being and the numbers may be raised if there is a need.

As many as nine posts of commandant, 28 posts of Deputy Commandants, 57 posts each of inspectors and sub inspectors, 140 head constables, 132 constables and other administrative staff will be created for the Intelligence wing.

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