FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, July 20: The Tripura State Rifles jawans who was once given anti-insurgency training will now be trained for better performing traffic duties. The Director General of Police K graj said while defining new role of the force created 32 years ago specially to combat the terrorists.
“The TRS jawans have played a heroic role in combating the insurgents and shaded lots of blood. Now there is no insurgency but the force must continue to serve the people of the state,” he said.
The DGP was speaking after iugurating a blood dotion, civic action and tree plantation camp in the headquarters of the TSR 1st Battalion at Gokulgar, about 20 km from here.
While defining the new role of the anti-insurgency force graj said they will now be deployed for law and order duties and traffic duties. He hailed the members of the force for being in the forefront in blood dotion and expected that in the coming days they also will be in the forefront in activities like tree plantations too.
“Not only in your camps, go for planting tree outside also,” he told the
The Tripura State Rifles was formed in 1984 at the initiative of the then Chief Minister Nripen Chakraborty at a time when insurgency was at its height.
Started with only two battalions the force has gradually grown to twelve battalions.
An anti-terrorist school also was set up to train the jawans to fight the insurgents. Two of these battalions were formed as India Reserve Force and occasiolly served in other states as and when requisitioned.
However, the decision to deploy such an elite force for general law and order duties and traffic duties has sparked off serious repercussion among the force specially the senior officers. Though refused to
come out to open they said it is unexpected for such an elite force.