World IED models to be taught at IIM of CRPF

Pune: Models of all major Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) incidents across India and even abroad will be one of the salient features of the newly opened Institute of IED Management (IIM) of CRPF here, aiming to train soldiers to detect, neutralise and destroy IEDs used rampantly by extremists and naxal insurgents in the country.

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 infested areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal , Odisha and Bihar.

"Landmines and IEDs are most serious problems faced by CRPF and other forces deployed in Maoist affected states of the country. 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 the need and availability of IED trained men on the ground and to bridge this gap CRPF has raised this institute which by all standards is world class," said Khanduri, elaborating on the IIM features.

The IIM lab will provide a wide spectrum of specialised and technical training that includes all aspects of of IED management comprising search, detection, identification and disposal through realistic and functional methods.

A novel feature of the IIM will be a "sand model room" to facilitate training for students on planning counter-IED operations as well as a data base of all IED incidents with facilities for data management and intelligent assessments and predictions.

There will be mock counter IED excercises involving security forces, "terrorists" and by-standers to impart training to officers of the ranks of sub inspector, inspector and ACP. The CRPF institute will have capacity of 100 participants in each batch.

"Out of this 20 per cent of seats will be alloted to other Central Armed Police Forces and State Police Forces," Khanduri said adding "the efforts made by CRPF in establishing IIM to upgrade professional capabilities of the men in uniform will go a long way in countering the dreaded menace of IEDs."