Pune: Describing Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs) as the most potent instrument in the hands of
terrorists, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the
security apparatus should be ready to neutralise the threat
posed by this class of explosives.
The Government had in the last few years made "a
determined effort" at capacity building to strengthen internal
security following a series of terrorist attacks culminating
into the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, he said.
Chidambaram was speaking after inaugurating the
Institute of IED Management (IIM) set up by Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) at its campus at Talegaon, 50km from here.
Noting that the raising of the institute was another
step in that direction, the Home Minister said "We still have
a long way to go to attain adequate capacity building to
defend the country."
Emphasising the need for better training of human
resources, he said it should be coupled with a technological
edge to enhance the capacity of internal security mechanism.
Hailing the establishment of the institute, aimed at
neutralising IEDs and saving the lives of those engaged in
anti-insurgency operations, Chidambaram said the explosive had
been used in many of the recent terror attacks in the country,
including the one on an Israeli diplomat`s car in Delhi.
"IEDs can be used in anything....in a toy and in a
bicycle....," he added and congratulated CRPF for its
"outstanding" work in setting up the institute.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was
present on the occasion, said the institute was an an
"important addition" to the capacity building of paramilitary
forces and would benefit those involved in fighting extremist
elements in the state`s Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district.