Of the 51 constables tested for mental fitness and courage,75 per cent were psychologically fit to handle terror-like situation with ease and calm. Two years after the 26/11 attacks,the Government Railway Police (GRP) is assessing the psychological state of its Attack Action Force personnel,meant to be pressed into action in case of terror attacks.
The tests would help us identify the brave who have good presence of mind to deal with terror like situations. The test would also reveal their mental fitness,alertness and courage,” said Raj Khilnani,Additional Director General (Railways).
The tests were conducted by Dr Yusuf Macheswallas Macheswalla Counselling Centre on October 28. Besides constables,officers of the Inspector and Assistant Commissioner of Police ranks also took the test. According to Dr Ali Gabhrani,doctor-cum-counsellor,the exercises included written tests and questions that helped understand the stress level of people under different situations. Most constables responded positively. Such tests help us understand a person at the subconscious level. As per the answers given,we take 3-4 hours to evaluate the person. Around 75 percent who appeared the test can handle crisis situations with calm, said Gabhrani.
Khilnani said such tests help them identify weak elements and take corrective measures. This would help GRP in hiring people who can deal with such situations in the Attack Action Force.
The tests are likely to be conducted on other GRP personnel too.
The GRP has around 7,000 personnel of which 4,000 are posted for Mumbai Railway Police. Sources said another aspect of conducting the test was to find any frustrated elements’ who may attack their colleagues under stress.