Monday, December 11, 2006

Army guerrilla warfare experts train Bihar Police to counter Naxals

By Ajay Kumar

Danapur (Bihar), Dec.11 (ANI): A team of experts in guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency operations of the Indian Army is imparting special strategic training to Bihar Police under a month long programme to help the police the curb increasing activities of Naxalites in the State.

About 120 police officials and personnel underwent training in different batches.

Trainees received a first-hand knowledge of weapons that they had never handled before, including INSAS rifle, INSAS 2MG, AK 47, the Bren gun, Sten machine gun and similar other arms.

"We have learnt the operation of the latest armaments. It will be helpful in improving our firing technique. Our physical standard has also improved. Besides, we have learnt many other things that we did not know earlier. It will be helpful for us in dealing with the Naxalites because when we will counter them in the field, we will be very careful and on a stronger side," said Pappu Kumar Sarda, a Bihar Police sub-inspector.

"We were not given this kind of training previously. We have learnt to operate the LMG (light machine gun), Bren gun and Sten machine gun. We were also at the firing range in the night, which we never did before. We could not use so many weapons and armaments in the police," said Bihar Police constable Pramod Kumar Jha.

The training sessions are being conducted at the Bihar Regimental Centre.

In the first week of the training, the trainees were asked to perform certain drills physical training, and learnt how to assemble and dismantle INSAS rifle, INSAS 2 MG and other armaments thereafter.

"It (the training programme) has been taken up by the Bihar Government to counter Naxals. The police have requested the Army to help them in the training of police personnel. So, in the four weekends of training at the Bihar Regimental Centre in which the Bihar officers were trained in handling the anti-Naxals operation in physical fitness and also in general training of weapon shooting," said Lieutenant Colonel Raghvendra Singh of Sub Area Headquarters and instructor at the training camp.

Trainees also practiced night firing, field craft, motor vehicle check post training and fencing ambush. All these were not a part of the regular training regime.

Police officers said they were confident about handling the Naxals in a better and competent way. (ANI)

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