First CRPF battalion established near Amaravati

The Centre has allotted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion to provide security for AP Secretariat, Chief Minister’s residence and the Camp Office located in the capital region. The battalion is the first central force allotted to the State capital.

The 39th Battalion, comprising 1,000 personnel, will also take up anti-naxal operations in Telangana and Chhattisgarh borders and on the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB).

Following the government’s request, the Centre has allotted one battalion, which will operate seven companies.

The State government has allocated land for the battalion headquarters at Chinavutapalli in Krishna district, and 15 acres has been allotted to the force at Newgondlapalli village near Agiripalli in the district, said its Commandant V.V.N. Prasanna Kumar.

“We launched operations from Chinavutapalli village recently, and our priority is to provide security to Velagapudi. The forces will also take up anti-Maoist activities on AOB and in Kothagudem-Bhadradri district in Telangana”, Mr. Kumar told The Hindu.

Due to security reasons, the battalion headquarters was set up away from Naxal dominated villages and near the Capital region.

Very soon, the jawans will get permanent dormitories and other facilities in Agiripalli mandal, the Commandant said. “Four more CRPF battalions are operating in Visakhapatnam and Rajamahendravaram in AP and at Warangal and Bhadrachalam in Telangana. The 39th Battalion will coordinate with the four battalions and is conducting combing operations in Naxal-infested villages on the borders of the two States,” Mr. Kumar said.

The Assistant and Deputy Commandants, based at Bhadrachalam and Visakhapatnam Rural areas, are giving instructions to the companies, the Commandant said adding that the force will reach any place in the two States in case of emergency.

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