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Police training to tackle Maoists

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will impart regular training to policemen deputed in the districts affected by the Maoist menace.

Officers in the rank of sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors will also be provided special training in warfare to combat the rebels.

Director-general of police (DGP) (training) Parasnath Rai hinted at an urgent need for special training for the personnel deployed in the districts of Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sitamarhi and Sheohar for effective policing. Sources said rebels have expanded their operations of levy, extortion, killing of targeted persons and spying on police in Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Vaishali and Sheohar.

The Maoists also broadened and strengthened the organisational set-up and activities to counter police. DGP Rai visited Muzaffarpur and discussed strategies to facilitate training of district police deputed in the Maoist-hit zones.

“Police trainers, belonging to the district police and Bihar Military Police (BMP), have retired over the years. The two forces should now prepare new trainers to fill up the vacant posts. So there is an urgent need to seek a helping hand from the CRPF and SSB to train the district cops efficiently,” said the DGP.

Senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said regu lar training to the literate cops promoted to the rank of assistant sub-inspector and sub-inspector is in the pipeline.