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In a first, CRPF women to take on Maoists

Breaking yet another proverbial glass ceiling, the country’s largest paramilitary force, CRPF, is set to deploy over 560 women commandos for undertaking anti-Maoist operations in select left wing extremism-affected states.

The ambitious plan to deploy such a large number of women in the most challenging combat theatres in the country’s internal security domain got moving, with a batch of 567 women passing out from the force’s training centre in Ajmer last week.

K Durga Prasad, CRPF DG, said the batch will now be deployed in phases in LWE areas in the ‘company formation’ style, which means about 100 personnel at one time. “These women have been trained keeping in mind the LWE tasks rendered by us. We thought to give them the toughest assignment in the initial years of their service itself,” Prasad said. agencies

 

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