With naxalism and insurgency claiming lives of its personnel, the para-military forces CRPF is now known to have sought authority to carry out technical surveillance to be able to better coordinate its actions on ground and prevent loss of life.
But those in the know of the government are suspicious if the paramilitary force may ever receive such an authority.
The issue emerged now as only recently, the CRPF men have suffered casualties in Chhattisgarh battling naxal menace.
It is in this context that the force might be looking to have such capabilities.
Presently, Central Reserve Police Force deals with insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, 10 left-wing extremism (LWE) affected states and the North-East states.
But for intelligence inputs, it depends on the agencies such as Intelligence Bureau (IB), NIA, NTRO and even state police forces.>