Updated: February 25, 2016 6:04:58 am
THE FIRST batch of 25 Chandigarh Police commandos has been stationed at Sarangpur after their training at the elite National Security Guard (NSG) headquarters in Manesar.
UT police officers told Chandigarh Newsline that 25 selected commandos and a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank officer of the local police were sent to Manesar for special counter-terrorism training. The policemen had to undergo rigorous training for two months which included physical, mental and technology training under the supervision of NSG commandos. Most of the commandos are in their mid-20s.
The commandos were trained in urban intervention, hostage intervention, hostage rescue and sniper attacks. The commandos were also trained to handle weaponsincluding AK47/74s, Browning hi-power 9mm pistol, 9mm Uzi sub-machine gun, 5.56mm M-16 A2, 9mm H and K MP5-A2/A3 and locally manufactured 7.62mm SLR and 5.56mm INSAS rifles. Sniper rifles such as the semi-automatic H and K 7.62mm PSG-1 and MSG-90 and the SIG 7.62mm.
UT Inspector General of Police (IG) R P Upadhyay said the specially trained commandoes for counter terrorism were the need of the hour. A city like Chandigarh, which is a transit point for four states, he said, should be equipped with commandos so that any attack could be dealt with immediate effect.
Upadhyay said a proposal was sent to the Union Home Ministry last year to raise a counter terrorism force, but as the approval may take some time, the UT police decided to send selected cops for training in Manesar.
The IG further said the commandos would be posted in one unit and stationed at Sarangpur. Presently, nearly 160 commandos are in the UT police ranks but only these 25 commandos are specially trained for counter terrorism missions.
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