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CoBRA commandos not missing: CRPF says jawans went home without permission

Fifty-nine CRPF trainee commandos reported missing by the media had gone to their homes without permission, the paramilitary force said on Monday.

The commandos of the counter-Maoist squad CoBRA were to board the Jammu to Gaya Sealdah Express on February 5. After completing six-month training in Srinagar, they were to report for duty in the Left Wing Extremism-hit theatre of Bihar as part of their first deployment.

But due to inclement weather and road blockade, they were sent to Jammu on February 1.

“Since they were early as per their scheduled programme, they decided on their own to avail Saturday and Sunday to visit their home without prior permission from competent authority,” the BSF said in a statement.

With no whereabouts of the 59 trainee commandos, it was reported that the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) commandoes had gone missing on Sunday at the Mughalsarai station.

CRPF issues clarification regarding the 59 trainees of 205CoBRA Bn, who went missing from train sans informing before their first deployment

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February 6, 2017

Officials had said the jawans, not armed, also did not inform their contingent commander on board the train as they made their daring escape bid in the night.

The utter disregard to rules by these constables is “misconduct for which they will be dealt departmentally”, said the BSF in the statement.

“A full Inquiry has been ordered by the force headquarters in Delhi. The trainers and the havildar who was accompanying these commandos have got in touch with some of those who vanished from the train without informing seniors. Some have promised to report by tomorrow,” senior officials had earlier told PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)

Source: HindustanTimes