Ending a nine-year-long association, India’s all-women UN peacekeeping contingent to war-torn African nation Liberia will be finally coming back to the country this month.An all-male contingent, however, will continue its duties there with the latest such squad being flagged off on Monday by the Central Reserve Police Force. India, through the CRPF, has served in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2007 with both the male and female paramilitary personnel serving in the African nation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CRPF women squad was the first-ever all-woman police in UN peacekeeping history. While nine all-women contingents have served in Liberia till now, the seventh male contingent led by CRPF Commandant Ravindra Bhagat was sent off by force chief Prakash Mishra. The Director General said, this time, the United Nations has only sought the male unit for Liberia and not the female team. He urged the departing 120-member male contingent to make the country proud by their “work and conduct” during this year-long sojourn.”Apart from your duties, you should also keep intact the highest traditions of your devotion to duty and exhibit good conduct,” the CRPF chief told the squad specially trained in UN police duties. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had in January this year bid the final farewell to the Indian unit called the Female Formed Police Unit (FFPU) as the country is getting ready to assume full responsibility of national security amid the ongoing UNMIL drawdown.The Indian female contingent will leave from Liberia on February 14 and be here by the following week, a senior official said. Indian contingents were tasked with civil police duties, jail protection and guarding, town patrolling, anti-robbery and anti-riot action, with the women team also entrusted with an exclusive duty to guard President Sirleaf.

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Iconic Indian all-women UN peacekeeping unit to return finally