March 5, 2006 (New Delhi): With Naxalites stepping up their activities, the CRPF has demanded setting up of an information cell for improving information network. The counter-insurgency operations of CRPF were at times affected because of "haphazard" communication and intelligence sharing between the force and various affected states, CRPF Director General J K Sinha said.
"There is a need for setting up an intelligence cell to institutionalize information gathering. Now the whole process in being done in a haphazard manner," he added. Sinha said the CRPF needs to have a pro-active offensive approach in collaboration with the state intelligence agencies.
Counter-insurgency operations With the expansion of its role in counter-insurgency operations, the central paramilitary force has already decided to set up a dedicated intelligence apparatus to give more teeth to its operations. CRPF, which has been given the charge of internal security in 2001, decided to form its own intelligence wing as part of a "pro-active strategy" after it faced difficulties in getting intelligence inputs from insurgency-hit states. "We have formulated the structure and the intelligence wing will be in place by the end of March," Sinha said. The officers will be given training in all aspects of intelligence gathering, including the Technical Intelligence (TECHINT) of the specialised field. (PTI)