CM on vacation,bodyguards to get special training

With Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal away on family vacation in Dubai,the security personnel attached to them will soon start following a “recouping schedule”,where they will practice shooting,attend physical fitness programmes and develop their skills by watching videos related to security missions.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published:February 16, 2012 1:00 am

With Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal away on family vacation in Dubai,the security personnel attached to them will soon start following a “recouping schedule”,where they will practice shooting,attend physical fitness programmes and develop their skills by watching videos related to security missions.

According to sources,the Punjab police personnel attached with the chief minister’s security as well as the Special Security Group (SSG) officials will take part in physical,weapon and tactical training in the next few days.

Nine Close Protection Teams — the inner security wing which has seven members each — are attached with the CM and his family. While five members of a team carry glocks (Austrian pistol that has 17 bullets in one magazine),one member carries a MP-5 (German sub-machine gun that fires 1,000 rounds in a minute) and the other a MP-9.

“These nine teams will practice shooting at the Commando Complex in Bahadurgarh and at the Sector 25 shooting range in Chandigarh. If possible,they will also practice at the ITBP shooting range in Bhanu,’’ said an official. The security personnel will also be shown videos related to security of VVIPs and assassinations of leaders around the world.

Moreover,security personnel in the eight Advance Security Liaison Teams (ASLT),which has seven members each and perform anti-sabotage checks,will be given tactical training.

“These trainings are necessary for the security personnel to keep them physically,mentally and tactically fit as they guard VVIPs,” said Inspector General of Police-cum-Director Special Security Group Sanjeev Kalra.

However,the House Protection Team — each team has 33 people — CRPF and Punjab Armed Police deployed at the official residence of the CM will be exempted from this recouping schedule. These personnel cannot be pulled out as they have to guard the residences of the CM and his family around the clock.

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