New Delhi: Army has trained over 2,000 troops
belonging to the central paramilitary forces (CPMF) and
various state forces to deal with Improvised Explosive Devices
(IEDs), frequently used by Maoists to carry out attacks.
The training is being conducted at Army training
facilities located under the Lucknow-based Central Command and
over 60,000 police personnel have been trained since 2006 for
counter-Naxal operations, Army sources said here.
The courses are conducted on need basis to train the CPMF
troops and state police personnel operating in Naxal-hit
areas, they said.
IEDs are frequently used by the Naxals operating in areas
of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and other Maoist-affected
The training imparted by Army includes lessons on
identification of explosive devices buried in ground and
defusing them safely.
Army has a established Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
for handling IEDs which has proved its efficacy in all
theatres of operation.
Paramilitary forces and state police have developed their
own mechanism to identify and defuse the IEDs, but the Army
training has further enhanced these capabilities, the sources
The officers who have been assigned the task to train
their CPMF and state police counterparts have been pulled out
of various infantry and engineers units of the Army.
Army troops have a fair idea of the area of operation of
state police and CPMF troops in these Naxal-affected areas and
have been dealing with the menace of IEDs in counter terrorist
operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states.