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179 RPSF men trained to fight Naxal

179 RPSF men trained

By RAKESH K. SINGH

New Delhi, July 2: The Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) has trained the first batch of 179 personnel at the elite Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Training School at Silchar in Assam. The specialised training in counter-insurgency to the RPSF personnel has been imparted in view of the growing threat and damage to railways properties in Naxal-affected states by the ultras.

The RPSF is the specialised armed wing of the Railway Protection Froce (RPF) and is required to act as a strike force to guard vital installations from agitation, terrorism and insurgency affecting railway operations.

The six-week training of the RPSF included counter-insurgency modules, special lectures on improvised explosive device (IED), demonstration and lectures on sophisticated weaponry of Naxalites and battle obstacle course.

The computer-aided training were conducted at the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Training School in simulated environment, including innovative field firing ranges and shooting ranges.

The Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist Training School at Silchar went operational in 2006 and conducts 16 regular courses of six weeks each on these subjects.

Apart from training 840 personnel of the quick reaction team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in batches of 210 personnel, the school has also trained 250 police personnel each from Jharkhand and Bihar.

The tailor-made courses for counter-insurgency against Naxalites have been designed in view of a growing threat to economic activities in the states affected by Left-wing extremism.

The Asian Age

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