UP's first Anti-naxal training centre in affected Mirzapur

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Mirzapur, June 22 (UNI) An anti-naxal training centre would soon be set up in this naxal-infested district of Uttar Pradesh.

It would be the first of its kind in the state and third in the country after Hyderabad and Chhattisgarh.

Till now, only Greyhound in Hyderabad and Kanker in Chhattisgarh had these centre, where cops were taught ways to fight with the growing menace of naxalism.

The Centre has given its nod for this new training centre, which would be established in Bargava firing range under Chunar colony of this district.

The Centre has even released Rs 56 lakh for work under the first phase.

Giving details, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Vindhyanchal range, Chandradev Tiwari today said ''the structure of new anti-naxal training centre, which is proposed to be made on the lines of Greyhound centre, is being prepared.'' Earlier, the cops garrisoned at the naxal-infested areas were sent to Hyderabad and Chhattisgarh to get training, but now they would be taught in UP itself, the DIG noted.

Infact, sleuths from neighbouring states could come in UP for the purpose, Mr Tiwari added.

Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra were the three naxal -affected districts in UP.

Earlier on June 8, the government had decided to equip the policemen of naxal-affected districts of the state with explosion proof vehicles.

Inspector General of Police (IG) (Varanasi zone) Praveen Kumar Singh had then said ''the police force of affected districts would be equipped with both explosion proof vehicles and mordern weapons.'' Besides, the sleuths would be provided equipment that would assist them in damaging explosives, the IG had said.

Last month, a senior union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official had also addressed the senior cops across the country through video . conferencing and advised them ways to tackle naxalism.

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