36 women from Northeast India are all set to combat situations that pose an extreme threat to security in Delhi.
The police force in the capital will be the first in the country to have an all-women Special Weapons, and Tactics (SWAT) team and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will formally induct the unit on Friday.
Here are six things to know about the new division of the Delhi Police.
1. The SWAT team is the brainchild of Amulya Patnaik, the Delhi Police Commissioner, and comprises 36 women from the North East. 13 of them are from Assam, 5 from Arunachal Pradesh, 5 from Sikkim, 5 from Manipur, 4 from Meghalaya, 2 from Nagaland and 1 from Mizoram and Tripura, each.
2. The commandos have undergone rigorous training under specialists from India and abroad for 15 months.
Speaking to the Times of India, Patnaik said, “These women are second to none when it comes to handling terror strikes and hostage crises in urban areas. In fact, they were rated better than their male counterparts by their trainers at Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan.”
3. The commandos have undergone training to handle urban situations as well as jungle operations. Their expertise includes unarmed combat, ambush and counter-ambush and urban operations like building interventions, vehicle intervention and VVIP security.
4. Their 15-month training also included the basic knowledge of explosives and Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs).
They are skilled at using weaponry like MP5 submachine guns and Glock-21 pistols.
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5. Responding to emergency situations is extremely crucial for the special police team. Elaborating on their competency, a trainer for the Delhi SWAT team said, “Experts at abseiling and scaling, they can spring from deep sleep to action, fully armed, within a minute of an alarm. Not only have they mixed well with personnel from other parts of the country, but there is also an amazing mix of cultures on display at the academy at present.”
6. The commandos will be stationed at strategic locations in Central and South Delhi as well as around the Red Fort and India Gate.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)