Saturday, September 09, 2006

Army to help UP police fight Naxals

LUCKNOW: In a bid to combat the Naxal menace in parts of the state, the Uttar Pradesh government plans to join hands with the Army to provide training in guerrilla warfare to the Provincial Armed Constabulary.

The PAC jawans will be trained in the use of latest arms, explosives and tactics to counter the Naxal threat and deal with them effectively, a top state police official said.

With the Naxalites looking at up for establishing fresh bases and expanding their area of operation, only a well-equipped and well trained force could effectively neutralize them, said Additional Director General of Police (PAC) Acharya Palnivel.

The Army will provide the PAC jawans training in guerrilla warfare, as they have to fight the Naxalites in forests, he said.

The experts from the Army will also train the personnel in the use of explosives and necessary tactics to combat with the Naxals.

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