CoBRA Commandos Missing From Train In Suspected ‘Mass Bunk’ Before Duty

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New Delhi: Around 60 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. It was suspected that the commandos have bunked – although the reason is not yet known. The men, all of constable rank, had been recruited in 2011 and had just finished specific training.

The unarmed jawans had apparently walked off as their train stopped at night in Mughalsarai. They were coming from Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, where they had undergone a five-week training course and were headed straight for Bihar. Officials said they had not even informed their contingent commander, who was on the train.

The men – most of who were from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh — were expected to report at the headquarters of the 205th CoBRA unit in Gaya in Bihar today. They were being deployed for special anti-Maoist operations in Bihar.

The shocked Central Reserved Police Force, or CRPF, to which these men belonged, is holding a Court of Inquiry into what it has termed “unauthorized absence”.

News agency Press Trust of India reported that trainers and the havildar have managed to get in touch with some of the men. “Some have promised to report by tomorrow,” PTI quoted an official as saying.

The CoBRA was raised in 2009 by the central government under the CRPF to act as a special guerrilla combat wing for tackling violence perpetrated by Maoists as well as insurgents in the northeast with the aid of specific intelligence inputs.