Saturday, October 15, 2005

Assam Rifles to teach 'guerrilla warfare' to Jharkhand Police

Sunday October 16 2005 00:00 IST

UNI

RANCHI: The sudden surge in Naxal violence has forced the Jharkhand police to invite expert commandoes from the Assam Rifles to impart 'guerrilla warfare' training to the state police jawans.

IGP (training) Bhawesh Thakur told UNI that a formal request in this regard has been approved by the authorities concerned. The experts were expected to arrive soon and would impart specialised training to the policemen to deal with landmines, jungle warfare, counter ambush tactics and map reading techniques.

Thakur admitted that the normal training of the state police was not enough to deal with the advanced techniques of the ultras. '' We had sent a platoon (30) of our jawans to Guwahati and other north eastern areas for such training, but it proved a bit more time consuming, so we decided to make a request for training on our soil, the topography and forests of which are very much similar to that of the North eastern region.'' he said.

The IGP said the Assam Rifles had been requested to send as many trainers here as could train a company (100) of jawans in three months time. ''We want to have at least four to five hundred trained jawans a year.''

The police in the Naxal affected state is off late facing severe criticism for its failure to check the Naxal violence.

The ultras killed had 12 securitymen, including two DSP rank officials, last week in the Kunda area of Chatra district through a powerful pressure bomb blast. In the last month the ultra hacked 15 villagers to death in the Bhelwaghati village of Giridih district and also attacked the security guards of a state Minister in Simdega.

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