The fight against Naxals is likely to get a significant boost when the Jungle Warfare Training Institute of the Maharashtra police becomes operational towards the end of the year.
The institute is expected to raise a special force, on lines of Grey Hound – the counter-insurgency unit of the Andhra Pradesh police, to combat Naxalism along the eastern flank of Maharashtra.
Director General of Police (DGP) K Subramanyam told HT on Sunday that work at the institute’s campus at Surabaldi, 25-km from Nagpur is nearing completion.
“The infrastructure is being given final touches. We have received the land required for extensive training in the desired courses. If the remaining requirements are fulfilled, the training institute will become operational within a couple of months,” Subramanyam said.
In addition to creating a special force, the institute will also impart training to the various commando units formed at different police commissionerates and police ranges in the state. At present, the C-60 special commando unit of the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) setup has been deployed along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to combat naxal menace.
The special force would be raised from the existing constabulary of the state police.
The DGP, who visited the under-construction facility last week said that the police administration is busy devising the syllabus for the jungle warfare training programme.
“It will be a combination of our custom-made syllabus along with inputs from the syllabus prevalent in Central agencies,” Subramanyam said, adding that a hunt is on for trainers who would be engaged once the syllabus is okayed.
He said that expertise from the Grey Hound force of AP, and the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare Institute (CIJW) at Mizoram would be incorporated in the training course.
The syllabus would be updated and upgraded as per the demands of the situation.