Who: CRPF’s women commandos
What: To be deployed in anti-Naxal operations
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to deploy about 300 women commandos for undertaking anti-Naxal operations in select Left-wing Extremism-affected states.
The decision was announced on 5 January 2016 by CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra while announcing the hosting of 7th National Conference of Women in Police.
The women squad, comprising about three companies (300 personnel) will be based in areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand where the anti-Naxal offensive is not as tricky and challenging as may be in Chhattisgarh and Bihar. The women personnel, once deployed, will be operating from active CRPF bases and will carry arms and undertake patrols like their male counterparts.
There are specific reasons and operational benefits for deploying women combatants in Left Wing Extreme areas. They can interact with the local women folk which not only helps in gathering good intelligence, it also helps in bringing forces closer to the locals and villagers.
Recently, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) had also announced that it will post its women personnel in full combat role at its units along the Sino-Indian border.