Fifty-nine trainee commandos of the elite CoBRA - an anti-Naxal and jungle warfare unit - went missing from a train as they were going for their first assignment in Bihar. After an inquiry, the shocked Central Reserved Police Force, or CRPF, to which these men belonged, said they had gone home without permission for the weekend and departmental action will be taken against them.
The paramilitary force said the Cobra jawans, who have been accused of misconduct, will be penalised appropriately.
Senior officials of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and CRPF said the jawans were scheduled to report at the headquarters of the 205th CoBRA unit in Gaya in Bihar on Monday for their onward deployment for conducting special anti-Naxal operations in Bihar.
In a statement, the CRPF said members of its elite force were on their way to Bihar’s Gaya after a six-month training programme in Srinagar. Inclement weather in North India prompted authorities to rearrange their transportation arrangements, it said. The absconding staffers decided to visit their homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh without informing their immediate supervisor, which is in violation of their rules, since they were "ahead of their schedule”, the statement said.
"A full Inquiry has been ordered by the force headquarters in Delhi. The trainers and the havildar who was accompanying these commandos have got in touch with some of those who vanished from the train without informing seniors. Some have promised to report by tomorrow,” senior officials said.
The CoBRA was raised in 2009 by the Central government under CRPF to act as a special guerrilla combat wing for tackling Maoist violence and insurgency in the northeast with the aid of specific intelligence inputs.
Later CRPF issued clarification on same.