Weeks before Pulwama attack, CRPF officer had warned of holes in anti-terror training

New Delhi: Weeks before Pulwama attack, a senior CRPF officer had warned of gaps in training.

Rajnish Rai, an Inspector General of the CRPF was in-charge of the force’s 175-acre CIAT (Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terror) school in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor.

He wrote that facilities at the centre were inadequate. He said training institute didn’t have adequate infrastructure or trainers.

CIAT school is one of the three such schools allotted to the force by the Union Home Ministry.

According to Rai, who has gone on voluntary leave from the CRPF, the curriculum of the institution has not been clearly defined.

A letter, one in a series sent by the Inspector General said, “… the expenditure incurred over the past few years in CIAT School without implementing any worthwhile training programs indicates that public funds have not been gainfully utilized.”

In his letter on February 5, 2018, Rai wrote: “Presently, CRPF has three CIAT Schools in the country; yet, contrary to what the name suggests, we do not offer a single CIAT related course in any of these locations. This is even more surprising since we know very well that CRPF is in the forefront of facing three internal security challenges: terrorism in Kashmir Valley, the insurgency in Northeast, and left-wing extremism (LWE) in Central India.”