Thursday, April 08, 2010

Dantewada op shows lapses in training: General

TNN, Apr 9, 2010, 02.37am IST

NEW DELHI: With its long counter-insurgency experience in Kashmir and North-East, the Army feels the 80-member strong CRPF contingent brutally ambushed at Dantewada on Tuesday committed several operational lapses, which reflects poorly on their training and tactics as well as command and control.

Voicing the shock that as many as 76 jawans were killed in a single ambush, Army chief General V K Singh on Thursday said, "It's a matter of concern...in what has happened, there were some internal deficiencies, which may be in their training or some other things. They (paramilitary forces) are looking into it.''

While noting that around 40,000 paramilitary and police personnel have been trained by the Army for the anti-Naxal operations, Gen Singh pointed out that the CRPF's 62nd battlion, which got ambushed on Tuesday, had not been trained by his force.

There are `problem areas' in how paramilitary and police personnel are trained. "At times, we don't get homogeneous entities. I mean that a company does not come to us as a company (together), which happens in the Army,'' he said.

Conversely, the Army companies or battalions, `right from the officer to the man down below', train together as a single entity to learn the intricacies of counter-insurgency. Incidentally, Army's specialised counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school at Vairengte in Mizoram even has the motto: "Fight a guerrilla like a guerrilla''.

"We have been battling hard-core, well-equipped militants in J&K and North-East for decades. We have never lost so many men in a single ambush. Area domination with a strong anti-Naxal grid has to be established in the affected regions,'' said a senior officer.

The Army follows time-tested drills of spreading out its long-range patrols, with a few scouts in the front, followed by `point sections' to probe for ambushes and presence of militant presence. The bulk of the patrol comes only after them, and in turn is followed by another detachment to protect the rear.

"Even if an ambush is well-planned, there is always the scope of regrouping and fighting back. Our officers lead from the front. Many captains, majors and colonels have died in both J&K and North-East. How many IPS officers have died in the anti-Naxal operations?'' added another officer.

The armed forces, of course, remain strongly opposed to being dragged into the anti-Naxal operations as well, heavily committed as they are in counter-militancy duties in Kashmir and North-East.

Gen Singh, on his part, said they were providing advise, training and logistical support to the paramilitary and police forces. He said the Army has given some suggestions to the home ministry and would try and see what more it could do.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

kargil death were result of what? ARMY LEFT THE HEIGHTS WHERE AS BSF REMAINED IN ADJOING HEIGHTS chance created by army.IPKF DEATHS TWICE THE DEATHS OF LTTE CADRE .will u say because of poor training?one question does army guarding complete LOC .NATION MUST KNOW MANY BSF BN R THERE IN FRONT OF PAK ARMY.ITBP IN FRONT OF CHINISE ARMY .what a role army is ready to give training without experience of naxalism