What is CoBRA?
CoBRA stands for Commando Battalion for Resolute Action. It's a special team that's part of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Their main job is to deal with Naxals and other extremist groups in India, especially in areas with thick forests.
What's the main job of CoBRA?
CoBRA is mainly focused on fighting against Naxals in areas where these extremists are active. This includes states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha, among others. They use special tactics meant for fighting in jungles to get the upper hand against Naxals.
Any recent news about CoBRA?
Yes! A group of CoBRA, the 205 battalion, which used to work in Bihar, is now getting special training. They're learning how to handle terrorists not just in jungles, but also in cities and towns. Why? Because they're going to be sent to Kashmir to help fight against terrorists there.
Why are they being sent to Kashmir?
CoBRA is being shifted to Kashmir because they have special skills in jungle fighting. This experience is unique, and none of the other teams in Kashmir have it. So, it's believed that CoBRA can bring a fresh approach to dealing with terrorists in the region.
How are they preparing for Kashmir?
These commandos are learning from other units that already work in Jammu and Kashmir. They're becoming a part of the Valley Quick Action Team (QAT). This training is making sure they're ready for the different challenges they might face in Kashmir.
When did CoBRA start and how big is it?
CoBRA began between 2008 and 2011, and it's a part of CRPF. Right now, there are 10 CoBRA teams. They're all trained specially to handle the tough task of fighting against extremists in different parts of India.