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Railways Gets First Commando Unit, To Guard Routes In Chhattisgarh

The commandos will even be deployed in areas the place railway has main ongoing tasks. (PTI)

New Delhi: 

Railway’s commando unit, Commandos for Railway Security (CORAS), whose first deployment will likely be in Maoist -hit areas of Chhattisgarh, may have a state-of-the-art facility completely for coaching in Haryana’s Jagadhri metropolis, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal stated on Wednesday.

Talking on the launch of the unit, Mr Goyal stated he has accepted the establishing of the institute and instructed the Railway Safety Pressure (RPF) to offer them with coaching of worldwide requirements.

“Keeping in mind the threat from disruptive forces, induction of CORAS was planned in the Railway Protection Force. CORAS team will be provided best, most modern equipment and world class training,” he stated.

“A new state-of-the-art commando training centre for RPF will be started in Jagadhri, Haryana which will have access to the latest technology and equipment,” the minister stated.

He added that CCTV cameras will likely be arrange at each station to reinforce the safety of passengers.

The hyperlink of those cameras will likely be given to the native stations, GRP, RPF, divisional workplace and the minister’s workplace, Mr Goyal stated.

The commando unit is being envisaged as a responder for any state of affairs pertaining to break, disturbance, disruption of practice operations, assault/hostage/hijack, catastrophe conditions in railway areas, stated DG RPF Arun Kumar.

“The challenge to the security agencies is likely to be formidable post revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the J&K into two UTs. The security scenario had worsened post-neutralisation of Burhan Wani in July 2016 with cycles of violence with periods of lull in between. The growing trend of local recruitment into militants” ranks noticed recently will remain a matter of concern,” he stated.

Comprising RPF and Railway Safety Particular Pressure (RPSF) personnel, the CORAS is headed by the RPF DG and is armed with particular uniforms with bullet-proof jackets, helmets and complex weapons and can safe railway property and passengers towards such threats, he stated.

CORAS commandos will bear coaching programmes, together with fundamental and superior commando programs with specialisation in dealing with landmines and improvised explosive units, hostage rescue, sniping and breaching.

They unit will even be deployed in areas the place railway has main ongoing tasks which want safety like north jap states and Jammu and Kashmir,” the director basic of the RPF stated.

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