India has created special force body of 14000 personnel raised from 13 states, which would include 9000 from Central paramilitary and State police and rest ex-servicemen, to fight naxal violence and perform other internal security duties. The personnel are being trained in specialized camps set up by the Army in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and other places to fight terrorism and dealing with improvised explosive devices (IED).
Amy engineers with experience in identifying IED, disposal of bombs, and using detectors and jammers, will train this force in counter-insurgency operations. In addition, as many as 52 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and India Reserve (IR) Battalions are also being trained to carry out anti-naxal tasks.
However, there is also disturbing news that 1800 Uttar Pradesh police personnel deserted their posts when asked to relocate to Uttaranchal to fight Naxal terrorism. It is not clear what the state government has done to locate these deserters and actions that may have been initiated. Apparently, some committee has been set up to review the representations of those who deserted and no information from this committee has emanated although a report was expected in June. The Home Ministry also seems to have asked the UP Government to resolve the matter amicably.
It is not clear why an amicable settlement is required when dealing with deserters and why the law on desertion is not being followed. It is understandable that the Government does not want to create a mutinous situation but at the same time it would send a wrong message to the rest of the country that police or other forces may choose to obey a code of conduct with impunity