For The First Time, CRPF Women Commandos Are Part Of Anti-Maoist Operation Team
For the first time, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed a team of women commandos for anti-Maoist operations in Jharkhand. 135 women from 232 battalion's delta company are operating under the close supervision of CRPF’s 133 battalion in Maoist-infested forests on the outskirts of Ranchi.
Sanjay A Lathkar, CRPF IG of Jharkhand, said, "On October 17, a company of woman commandos was for the first time inducted in CRPF to counter Naxal insurgency in Jharkhand. They have started carrying out anti-Naxal operations”.
Neeraj Pandey, CRPF commandment of 133 battalion, said, “The women are brave and currently undertaking first hand experience of anti-Naxal operation in forests outside Ranchi. They have been provided extensive training in CRPF academies specially for countering Naxals”.
“Since the induction of women commandos, the strength of our operation in Naxal-infested areas has increased two-fold,” Pandey said. He added that women and men recieve the same training, so women and men commandos are equally capable.
Shakti Tirkey, delta company commander, who is heading the 135 woman commandos, said, "We wanted to serve our country and that is why we are here. We have resolved to eradicate the Naxal menace completely as it is not only harmful and fatal for people but also affecting the progress of the country."