August 20, 2019 | 6:10 PM IST
tribal battalion

Kerala has its first full tribal battalion

Kerala makes history as it now has its first tribal battalion. About 74 candidates – all tribals – will participate in the graduation parade at Thrissur Police Academy at 7 am after nine months of rigorous training. State chief of police Loknath Behera graced the ceremony, says a report. 
PS Anup Kuruvila, who was in charge of the battalion’s training said, “The candidates were a part of the specially designed curriculum of the tribal candidates. They are now apt at swimming, yoga, karate, commando training, high altitude and night firing training. And these candidates were chosen from the tribal communities in Wayanad, Pallakad and Malappuram.”
He added that it was a different recruitment process and the candidates had to be made as comfortable as possible. He said, “We had a lot of orientation programmes, skill development modules apart from the training to ensure the candidates were comfortable. Now these officers will be stationed at forest regions in their respective home towns as they are familiar with the region. Since they have received formal training, they can participate in anti-insurgency operations to combat naxal operations.”

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