Reports have appeared in the media that ‘A’ company (45 men), ‘C’ company (12 men) and ‘G’ company (15 men) of the 62nd Battalion of the CRPF that undertook the area domination operations exercise out of the base camp at Chintalnar, district Dantewada, Chhattisgarh had not undergone training. These reports are incorrect and baseless.
‘A’ company underwent the following training:
‘C’ company underwent the following training:
‘G’ company underwent the following training:
Pre-induction training was imparted with specific reference to the area in which they were to be inducted. Anti-naxal training is more intensive training. ‘C’ company and ‘G’ company will undergo anti-naxal training when their turn comes in the cycle. All three companies were well-equipped. After the ambush, the three companies lost the following arms:
As regards training capacity, CRPF has Counter-Insurgency and Anti-terrorist (CIAT) schools in Silchar and Shivpuri with an annual capacity to train 1829 personnel and 750 personnel respectively. Four more adhoc training schools are being set up, one of which will be for the CRPF. Twenty more CIAT schools, with a total annual capacity of 18,000 personnel, are being set up in five States with MHA’s assistance and one of them has been completed and is operational in Orissa. The Army has trained 10 Battalions of CRPF, 10 Battalions of BSF and 5 Battalions of ITBP prior to their induction in naxal-affected States. OK/lg
Reports Relating to training of CRPF Personnel are Incorrect
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There is no controversy
Chief of Army Staff in an interview has only confirmed that 62 Battalion was not trained by the Army. This does not imply that CRPF Battalion was not trained at all. Training is a continuous process for all combat men irrespective of arm or service or armed constabulary. Guerrilla Warfare is a very specialised one where combat is limited by terrain and jungles. The use and role of vehicles in thick forsts is limited. To that extent the Armed Forces has training methods evolved from the Burma Campaign of WWII. Field Marshal Manekshaw was gravely wounded. The famous Chindwara training camps of WWII were the best in the world for training of Soldiers. Everyone needs to learn lessons from history and tragedy. Sometimes the training report of Battalions are cooked up on paper to save their own skins, we need to be aware of such unbecoming conduct too because we Indians by nature excel in the art of book keeping or training on paper!