Security personnel trained at a specialised centre for anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh have reported a remarkable improvement in their sex lives.
The gruelling regimen at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker district, 150 km south of Raipur, has gifted the security personnel the wealth of health, while preparing them for the bloodiest internal war in the country.
The healthier sex drive is among the host of benefits including relief from gastritis and back pain as well as weight loss reported in self-assessment report cards recently submitted by 454 troopers who completed a month-and-a-half-long training stint in October last year.
Such report cards have been received from earlier batches too, but this is the first time trainees have been so forthcoming about the positive impact on their sex lives.
"My physical endurance and sex life have improved," said Mani Ram (name changed), 32, a Chhattisgarh armed force jawan. Many of his training mates agreed and said the stint had also helped diabetics and those with high blood pressure.
Brigadier (Rtd) BK Ponwar, director of the specialised college, is not unduly surprised. "When police personnel turn into combatant soldiers, the improved health is as an added advantage in the overall counter-naxal operations."
Sexologist Dr Nilesh Tiwari said, "Rigorous exercise revs up hormones, flushes out stress and rejuvenates the body. This explains experiencing a boost."
Chhattisgarh is among the states worst affected by Maoist violence. Between 2008 and 2012, Maoists killed more than 400 troopers and 550 civilians in the state.
During the same period, security personnel killed more than 300 Maoists.