"They have commited a misconduct for which they will be dealt departmentally." says DG CRPF K Durga.
NEW DELHI: Fifty-nine trainee commando of the elite anti-Naxal Force Combat Battlion of Resolute Action (CoBRA) proficient in guerrilla tactics 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.
The incident set off a scare of mass desertation but subsequent inquiry by the paramilitary force has established this as a case of 'mass bunking'.
A group of almost 600 commandos have already finished the first part of their training and these 59 jawans were going for 24 weeks of further training, in an anti-Naxal operations said a source. A Head Constable who was heading the group was supposed to get off Jammu-Sealdah Express at Mughalsarai and take another train to Gaya when they reportedly told the Head Constable that they were going home for the weekend."The head constable tried to dissuade them but the group left. The Head constable then informed the headquarters," a top officer of the CRPF said.
The DG CRPF K Durga Prasad said "These boys were supposed to join work in Gaya battalion on 7tyh February. They were travelling on 4th and since a weekend fell in between, they decided to go home for 2-3 days without informing the battalion headquarters".
"This is a serious matter. The group will be joining back on 7th Ferbruary as we have managed to establish contact. Also a DIG level officer will be conducting inquiry into the incident and strict actions will be taken," IG Cobra Raju Bharghava said in a statement.
CRPF issues clarification regarding the 59 trainees of 205CoBRA Bn, who went missing from train sans informing before their first deployment pic.twitter.com/hXTY1XolvF— ANI (@ANI_news) February 6, 2017
The CRPF told on Monday that the jawans were returning to their unit after completion of their 6 month's at Recrutement Training Centre Srinagar , and their return tickets from Jammu to Gaya on February 5, 2017 in Sealdah Express. Due to the bad weather and road blockade, these personnel were sent to Jammu on February 1, 2017 and decided to board an early train on 2nd February. Since they were early as per there scheduled programme, they deided on their own to avail on Saturday and Sunday to visit their homes without prior permission or concern from competent authority. They have commited a misconduct for which they will be dealt departmentally."