March 01, 2009

INDIA: 480 CRPF personnel undergoes IB training

New Delhi (PTI): The CRPF's demand for a separate intelligence wing of its own is slowly getting shape with the Intelligence Bureau now imparting training to nearly 480 personnel from the force in gathering specific information which are operationally crucial.

Home Ministry sources said 40 personnel from each of the 12 operational sector of the CRPF have already undergone two training modules prepared by the IB.

The paramilitary force has already appointed its representative, a Deputy Commandant, to the new Multi Agency Centre (MAC), revived by Home Minister P Chidambaram, as a one point source for all intelligence gathered by different agencies.

"The CRPF needs a separate intelligence unit and a representation for the same is under the consideration of the Home Ministry. Such a unit is needed especially in naxal affected areas," a source said.

The CRPF, which has been playing a vital role in maintaining internal security, has decided to form its own intelligence wing as part of a "pro-active strategy" after it faced difficulties in getting intelligence inputs from insurgency-hit states.

Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) -- the new anti-naxal force of 10,000 personnel under the command of the CRPF -- will have at least three platoons, totalling to nearly 30 personnel in every battalion, for the specific task of gathering intelligence on the naxals, their movement and operations.

The intelligence unit of each battalion would be headed by an Assistant Commandant, sources said.

To give a further flip to its counter-insurgency operations, the CRPF has also created "interrogation teams" at the field level. Such teams are trained in modern interrogation methods to take out the maximum information from a detainee without much effort.

"Countering insurgents or naxals cannot be done without the help of strong intelligence network or information from those detained and hence the effort is to strengthen both these factors," sources said.

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