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To Tackle Maoists In Chhattisgarh's Bastar, CRPF Raises Local 'Bastariya' Battalion

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| May 20 , 2018 , 10:02 IST

For the first time, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has raised a battalion form the Maoist-affected tribal region in Chandigarh's Bastar named 'Bastariya' which would enhance combat capabilities in the region significantly.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be attending the passing out parade of the 739 young recruits which include 198 women combatants at the CRPF training centre at Ambikapur on Monday.

According to CRPF officials, this powerful and localised battalion of young combatants will be deployed immediately for anti-Maoist operations.

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"It will give us an edge as they are aware of topography of the land. They would be deputed in some of the worst Left Wing Extremism-hit areas like Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur," a senior official told NDTV.

The official added that the 241 Bastariya Battalion has been named 'Bastariya' since its recruits are from the Bastar region of southern Chhattisgarh, bordering Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana.

To raise the Bastariya Battalion, the Home Ministry relaxed physical standard requirements such as height and weight for both the men and women candidates.

"The initial phase of training focused on increasing the physical fitness of the recruits to meet the rigours training in successive semesters," said an officer in-charge of training of the battalion.

The officer added that the female trainees had been given special training, and all of them graduated to the level of fitness of their male counterparts.

The Bastariya Battalion troops are going to be deployed in Chhattisgarh to fight the Maoists alongside the regular and Cobra battalions.