Pune: Models of all major Improvised
Explosive Device (IED) incidents across India and abroad are
an important feature at CRPF`s Institute of IED Management,
which aims to train soldiers to detect, neutralise and destroy
the explosive used widely by Naxals.
IEDs are the main tool of Naxals and militants and CRPF
being in the forefront of the anti-insurgency operations have
suffered huge casualties in the explosions.
The state-of-the-art institute housed at the Talegaon
campus of CRPF, near here, will be equipped with a world
class IED training laboratory with database of all IED
incidents with facilities of data management and predictions,
according to CRPF spokesman B C Khanduri.
Noting that a large number of security personnel killed
in the anti-insurgency operations have been victims of IED
landmines, CRPF additional director general (operations) said
officers in batches would be trained to handle the threat of
IEDs at IIM, drawing personnel from Naxal-hit areas of Andhra
Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar.
"Landmines and IEDs are most serious problems faced by
CRPF and other forces deployed in Maoist-hit states. Almost 70
per cent of the casualties of the Forces are due to triggering
of IEDs by Naxals. At present, there is a yawning gap between
need and availability of IED trained men on the ground and to
bridge this gap CRPF has raised this institute," he said.
The IIM lab will provide a wide spectrum of specialised
and technical training that includes all aspects of IED
management comprising search, detection, identification and
disposal through realistic and functional methods.