22nd anniversary of Rapid Action Force (RAF) celebrated
The 22nd Formation Day of RAF was celebrated on 7 October with all the senior CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) dignitaries present. It was announced at the Formation Day celebrations that five more battalions of RAF will be set up. The new battalions will be in Guwahati, Siliguri, Patna, Uttar Pradesh and in NCR (National Capital Region). Additionally a women battalion will soon be formed in Gujarat. Measures are being taken to induct modern, sophisticated and non-lethal weapons in RAF’s armoury so that collateral damage or casualities may be minimized.
At the request of UN, one RAF troop consisting of 250 women and men personnel has been sent to Ebola hit Liberia. The troop has been involved in providing relief operations in Liberia.
The RAF is a specially trained and equipped wing of the CRPF. It was formed in 1992 to deal with communal riots and civil unrest caused thereby. At present, there are 10 battalions, but it is set to increase as stated above.