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First time CRPF names two female cadre officers as IG of RAF

Two female cadre officers appointed as IG: After their entrance into the CRPF in 1987, two female officers have recently been appointed as Inspectors General (IG). The Rapid Action Force (RAF), a specialised anti-riot force, has appointed Annie Abraham as its IG. As the new Bihar sector IG, Seema Dhundia has been appointed.

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Two female cadre officers appointed as IG: Key Points

  • Both female officers were among the first group of female officers to join the paramilitary organisation in 1987.
  • Additionally, they have led an all-female Indian police contingent at the UN.
  • During their service, they received the “Ati Utkrisht Sewa Padak,” the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.
  • According to officials, there have been female IPS officers in charge of CRPF formations, and in 1986, the CRPF became the first central armed police force to allow women to participate in combat.
  • There are currently more than 6,000 female constables working in six of these battalions.
  • Annie Abraham served as DIG (Intelligence) in the force headquarters, DIG (Operations) in the Kashmir Operations Sector, and DIG the all-female constituted police units (FPU) in the UN Mission in Liberia (CR & Vigilance).

About IG and Bihar CRPF: 

The CRPF’s sectoral leader is an IG. The 15-battalion RAF is called upon to perform delicate law and order duties as well as anti-riot and counter-protest operations. In addition to VIP visits, it is called upon to support state police forces at occasions where large crowds are anticipated. Aside from a few minor RAF units and the CoBRA jungle warfare unit, the Bihar Sector of the CRPF is in charge of around four battalions of the force that are deployed for anti-Naxal operations and other law-and-order responsibilities.

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