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Bomb detection training for police trainees

Shankar Bennur

Subject on bomb detection, disposal has been introduced in the academies this year


450 new recruits undergoing training at police academies

CDs procured from Andhra Police to help in the study


— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

getting to be Better equipped: A police officer explaining the types of bombs to policemen at the police training school in Mysore on Saturday.

MYSORE: New recruits in the State Police will no longer be novices when it comes to bomb detection and disposal. Very soon, they will be in a position to tackle bomb threats and defusing of bombs besides handling anti-sabotage checks anywhere in the State. In view of the threat perceptions in the State, there has been a revision in the training syllabus to include subjects in bomb detection and disposal.

Today, only a handful of policemen are trained in the skill. After the recent blasts in Bangalore city, the State police are pushing for establishing more bomb disposal squads.

The new breed of recruits will be trained in the latest technologies in detection and safe disposal of bombs. At present, they are on a nine-month training programme at State Police Training Institute at Channapatna and also at the police training schools in the districts. The new subject that has been introduced includes strategies of detecting bombs and methods to defuse them, besides sanitising the area where they have been placed.

A police officer, who did not wish to be quoted, told The Hindu that over 450 new recruits, including sub-inspectors and constables, are undergoing training at the Karnataka Police Academy (KPA), the Police Training School and the training school attached to the office of the Superintendent of Police, Mysore. “On completion, they could be in a position to defuse explosives. This will also lead on to establish more bomb disposal squads,” the officer said.

Andhra Police help

Police sources said the training institutes have procured compact discs (CDs) from the Special Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad of Andhra Pradesh, which give details of types of explosives like Tiffin Box Bomb, Floor Mat Bomb, Waist Belt Bomb, Remote Control Bomb, Umbrella Bomb, as well as the circuit design of explosives, electrical devices used to explode bombs and the methods of defusing live explosives. “The CDs will help us understand how bombs are triggered and how the police could effectively minimise the destruction caused by explosives,” said the source. “The work of defusing a bomb requires experience, and only those who have clear understanding of their design and circuits could defuse them successfully. Defusing a bomb is a specialised job which requires a lot of courage and concentration. The squads cannot be stationed in the State capitals alone since threats are not confined to them. With terror threats spreading to cities other than the State capitals, the need for setting up bomb disposal squads in districts and prominent cities is being expressed. In fact, the Mysore police had sent a proposal to the Police Headquarters to train a few select personnel for formation of a bomb disposal squad.”

Sources said the Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) had issued instructions to the training centresto give focussed training in bomb detection and disposal so that every recruit passing out after the training would be fully equipped to cope with threats.

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