Punjab Police train with Indian Army in counter-terrorism ops
Jammu: A select team from the Punjab Police completed a joint training session with the Indian Army today.
An Indian Army Spokesperson based out of Jammu said that the 25-member Punjab Police team from Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Taran Tarn and Batala districts has undergone advanced training in ‘counter insurgency’ and ‘counter terrorism’ operations.
The 13-day-long training sessions were held from February 15-27 at the training establishment of Indian Army’s Rising Star Corps. Army Spokesperson said that the joint training sessions were aimed at infusing better synergy, coordination and understanding between the two organisations while conducting counter terrorist operations.
With the changing threat perceptions and the terrorists adopting new penetration techniques, the need for furthering training in counter-terror for Punjab Police were among the top priorities spelt out by different security agencies post-Pathankot incident.
Among counter-terrorism-related training modules were a range of curriculum aimed at improving physical fitness, field craft, dealing with IEDs (improvised explosive devices), human rights, establishment of mobile vehicle check post, house clearance drills and snap shooting.
Senior officials from the Indian Army and Punjab Police witnessed the training sessions. “The initiative provided an opportunity for both the Indian Army and the Punjab Police to learn from each other and conduct effective joint operations when called for,” says the Spokesperson.
According to Indian Army, similar joint training sessions are currently underway at other locations in Western Command Theatre. The training gains significance after the Punjab Police received flak from various corners over the recent terrorist strike on the Pathankot Air Force Station.
The Pathankot police also had recently held a number of meetings with the residents of border villages. The police are also now working closely working with the villagers on the International Border.