In what is a momentous occasion, 135 women belonging to the 232 battalion's Delta Company are undertaking operations supervised by the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) 133 battalion in Naxal-infested forests on the outskirts of Ranchi near Khoonti area.
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, the 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.
Shakti Tirkey, the Delta company commander heading the 135 woman commandos, had this to say:
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.
G V H Giri Prasad, DIG, CRPF, said women commandos are helpful in carrying out anti-Naxal operations.
It was felt that to tackle women Naxals, there should be women commandos who must be equally capable of neutralising Naxals. The women commandos are well prepared and well groomed to face any situation and hardships. There is no difference between a man or a woman commando.
The women commandos are equipped with modern weapons and software to assist them in executing their plan, said the CRPF officers.
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