Most of the men deployed on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badals security cant shoot straight. So much so that only two of the 100 men who were put through a shooting test could hit the bulls eye. The men belong to the Fourth Commando Battalion of Punjab Armed Police and forms the various layers of security ring around Badal.
Having witnessed the effectiveness of its men,the Punjab Police has now decided to provide regular training to the men who are are deployed on the CMs security. These include the personnel from the Fourth Commando Battalion the newly-created Special Security Group (SSG).
Sources said that the men who were put through the test are either deployed in the Close Protection Teams (CTPs) and Advance Security Liaison team (ASLs). These teams form the closest ring around the VVIP they are supposed to guard. Only two of the men could clear the test as per standards laid down. The used Glock pistols and MP 5 and MP 9 (both semi automatic weapons) to fire the shots.
It was for the first time that such a test was conducted by the Chief Ministers Security Wing.
It has been decided that from now on,the men deployed in CM security would be regularly tested for shooting skills,physical fitness,combat tactics and mental fitness. Also,they would be given regular training, a senior officer said refusing to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
He admitted that hardly ever any special training is provided to the men from Fourth and Third Commando battalions who provide security to the VVIPs.
Interestingly,fearing more bad results,the men from these two battalions are deployed at the offices and residences of the CM and deputy Chief Minister,Suklhbir Singh Badal,were not put through the shooting test.
It may be noted that apart from the Punjab Police personnel,teams from National Security Guard (NSG) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) form the the three-tier security cover around the CM and his deputy. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had recently given as extension to the CISF security cover of around 100 commandos provided to Sukhbir.
The CM and Sukhbir face threat from Khalistani terrorists. The Intelligence Bureau had last year issued an alert stating that Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) had sent two terrorists to target duo.