One of the first demonstrations given to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday when he inaugurated the first-of-its-kind CRPF’s Institute of IED Management (IIM) in Talegaon was that of a Limpet bomb. A Limpet bomb is a type of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) just like the one allegedly used in the attack on Israeli diplomat’s wife’s car in Delhi.
The IED has been developed at the institute and experts said today it is one of the most potent threats to VIP cars.
The IIM,third of the upcoming six institutes of CRPF meant for imparting operational and intelligence gathering,was inaugurated by Chidambaram in the presence of CM Prithviraj Chavan. Demonstrations of various counter-IED equipment were given to the Home Minister and the CM. CRPF director general K Vijaykumar said,”The institute aims at giving high-end training to security forces in handling of IEDs which has killed 80 per cent of personnel killed in Naxal attacks in the country.”
One of the senior officers at the Institute said,”A Limpet bomb can hold on to a moving target. It draws its name from a marine mollusc called Limpet which holds on to rocks. The device demonstrated before the Home Minister was exactly like the one allegedly used in the attack in Delhi.” The demo was given by deputy commandant Jamal Khan who is the principal of the institute and the IED was constructed by him about a week ago.
“Instead of an explosive,a siren was used in the Limpet bomb during the demo. Similar IEDs were used in World War II and were used to attack enemy ships. These IEDs used to make holes in the ships resulting into its sinking.” said another expert with the institute. After inaugurating the institute,Chidambaram said,”Our lack of capacity was exposed during some of the attacks by Naxals and terrorist organisations between 2001 and 2008. We have a long way to achieve total preparedness against such attacks. As part of capacity building,these six institutes will play an important role in human resource development,training and technical advancements.”