It was reported on Monday, 6 February that 59 commandos of the elite anti-Naxal Force Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) went missing in early February, before their first deployment into Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

A CRPF statement on Monday said the 59 CoBRA (Combat Battalion for Resolute Action) commandos stepped down from a train at Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday and went to their homes in Bihar instead of returning to their unit.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), one of the country’s oldest central paramilitary forces, has initiated a departmental inquiry against these troopers who were scheduled to report to their headquarters of the 205 CoBRA unit in Bihar’s Gaya on Monday.

The troopers were to be deployed for conducting special anti-Maoist operations in Bihar after completing a six-month training at the force’s Recruitment Training Centre in Srinagar, a CRPF official reported.

The statement said that these personnel have committed a misconduct for which they will be dealt departmentally.

(With inputs from IANS)