Soon, the Kerala police will have women commandos as well as a commando training school, reports KP Sai Kiran of Times of India.
The repeated sightings of Left wing extremists, Naxals in the state and the encounter at Nilambur with Maoists have led to the move.
A decision has been taken to induct 50 woman commandos, who will be selected from the 600 all-women police battalion members who are being recruited at present to the all-woman police battalion.
The home department has issued orders in this regard. "We are planning to set up the commando training school at a higher altitude location inside Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur so that even the daily commuting itself will be a sort of training. Across the world, the commando training schools are designed thoughtfully which we are also planning to implement," the report quotes state DGP Loknath Behera as saying.
The training school will be modelled on the lines of anti-insurgency training schools of the CRPF and Greyhounds.
The reports says that a team consisting of police academy director ADGP K Padmakumar, deputy director Anup Kuruvila John and Malappuram SP Debesh Kumar Behera had visited several commando schools of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, the Greyhounds units of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
They have also visited the Cobra unit of CRPF.
Two Maoists, including a woman were killed allegedly in an encounter with the police in the Nilambur forests in November last year.
Though the police claimed that as an achievement, criticisms were raised against the government since killing Maoists goes against the national policy of Left parties.