CRPF to have its own intel wing
Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009
NEW DELHI: The home ministry has given its nod for setting up of a separate intelligence wing within the CRPF, which has been extensively deployed to fight Red ultras in naxal-hit states and to do counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and northeast.
As per the decision, each battalion of the paramilitary force will have an intelligence cell comprising about 10 personnel. At present, CRPF has to depend on state police for local intelligence.
"Though central agencies too have been giving inputs to CRPF on regular basis, the need was felt to involve the paramilitary personnel mainly to develop human intelligence in its area of operation," said an official.
Besides, the ministry has also approved setting up of vigilance cells in every range and sector. Currently, such cells exist only at the headquarters here. The need to set up vigilance cells in every range and sector was felt in the wake of disclosure of alleged irregularities in its recruitment system following CBI raids against a few top-ranking CRPF officials. TOI