Specialised training mooted to counter Maoists

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), May 22 : V.K. Joshi, Director General of Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) has stressed on the need for imparting specialised training to security personnel to counter Maoists operating in the country.

Joshi urged for specific training to be imparted to security personnel keeping in mind the modus operandi of the Maoists, which would enable them the security forces to deal with the Maoists in a more effective manner.

"If we have to go for anti-Naxalite operation, then the training that is required is of a specific type. That training has to be imparted to the officers, to the men in a particular way. The training will have to take into consideration, the areas where Naxals are operating, the type of weapons they are using, the type of explosives they are using, so we plan to have this institute to cater to the needs of the force, so that we can specialize in anti-Naxal operations," said Joshi.

58 incidents were reported till February this year. In the 15 encounters, 19 extremists killed.

Jharkhand is one of the worst hit 13 states of the country's 29 states where Maoists have a presence.

Maoists claim they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers and routinely call for strikes, attack government property and target local politicians.

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