Over 870 freshly trained recruits on Thursday joined CRPF and a majority of them will be deployed for anti-Naxal operations in various Maoist-affected states.
The troops, comprising constables, were commissioned into the country’s largest paramilitary force after a 44-week gruelling training at the Additional Training Centre (ATC) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar, while addressing the troops during their passing out parade, said that with today’s graduation ceremony, the personnel should be ready to dedicate their lives to the charter of the force.
They will be deployed in the toughest areas where the force operates, an indication to the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) theatre.
The 873 young recruits, in the age group of 20-23 years, will now be sent to the Naxal-affected regions and other insurgency-prone states for a preliminary training and acclimatisation before they are inducted into regular battalions.
During the training, the personnel were trained in unarmed combat, detection and crippling of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), jungle operations and other areas of policing and paramilitary craft.
In view of the rapid expansion of the paramilitary force, which has deployed close to 80,000 personnel for anti-Maoist duties, the CRPF has created the ATCs within existing establishments to churn out trained personnel at a fast pace. The job of training till now was done by various Recruit Training Centres (RTCs) of the force spread across the country.
CRPF has 220 operational battalions at present comprising over two lakh personnel.