CRPF to have its own intelligence wing

The need for a separate airwing was also stressed upon as the present air-wing functions under the BSF.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 21:44 IST

The CRPF is planning to set up a dedicated intelligence apparatus and has favoured a separate air-wing to give more teeth to its operations.

Faced with difficulties in getting intelligence inputs from various insurgency-hit states, the CRPF is in the process of putting together its own intelligence wing as part of a "pro-active strategy" to minimise casualties and dependence on the state machinery.

"We have already withdrawn around 1450 officers and men from over 200 battalions and many of them are already undergoing training with the Intelligence Bureau (IB)," CRPF Director General JK Sinha said.

"We have formulated the structure. The intelligence wing will be in place by the end of March," he said, adding that the central paramilitary force, which was given the charge of internal security, was responding well to the changing faces of insurgency in the country.

The officers will be given training in all aspects of intelligence gathering, including the Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) of the specialised field, he said.

With its operation spreading across the jungles in the North-East to mountains in Kashmir, the CRPF has also recognised the need to set up a separate air-wing for operational support like rescue, relief and rehabilitation.

"It is a requirement because though presently there is an air-wing, it is with the BSF," he said.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 20:33 IST