The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur. In 2010, the central zone command headquarters was shifted from Raipur to Kolkata owing to logistics and connectivity issues. The recent decision comes at the setting of ambush in Sukma district that killed 37 jawans of the paramilitary force.
The central zone command headquarters grew up on August 7, 2009, to the deployment of troops towards the States afflicted with Left Wing Extremism along the lines of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
CRPF is the greatest central armed police force or paramilitary force in India. It functions inside aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). �It was established in 1939, under Crown Representative's Police but after independence, it was made statutory after enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949. Its primary role is for helping States/Union Territories in police operations to help maintain law and order and contain the insurgency. Aside from anti-Naxal operations, CRPF personnel also carries out several operations in situations of crisis like terrorist attacks, counter-terrorism operations, rescuing citizens during terrorist attacks among others.