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IPS officers rough it out in bandit’s den
Published on 13 Mar. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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For the first time, IPS and Royal Bhutan Police Service probationers were imparted an exclusive week-long jungle training by the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF). The 109 officers included 24 women recruits. The training concluded on Tuesday with K Vijayakumar, director, National Police Academy, Hyderabad, interacting with the probationers at Pykara, near Ooty. In 2008, STF had trained 6,703 police personnel of Tamil Nadu, including deputy superintendents of police. Reflex shooting, jungle tactics and survival skills, fast firing, ambush and counter ambush, night marching, tent-making, river-crossing, rock-climbing and understanding wild animals formed part of the training programme for the probationers. “We taught them to survive on meagre ration, and on water collected from barks of trees and leaves. We motivated them by providing marks for each and every activity,” said inspector-general of police (Special Task Force) C Sylendra Babu. Raman Sukumaran, from the Indian Institute of Science, Mohanraj, field director, WWF, and conservationist Arun instructed the youngsters on wildlife protection and forest conservation. The probationers spent three days in the forest, living on nothing but natural food from the forest and harvested water. “This would be more helpful for IPS officers who are posted in naxalite-prone areas. The probationers said they enjoyed the training despite hardships and believed that it would help them when they take charge, especially in trouble-prone areas,” a senior police officer said. “STF has sufficient equipment for training. The trainees are given a kit containing dry fruits, a bedsheet, a torchlight and a lathi. The trainees should stay in the forest for at least seven days without replenishment. During operations against naxalites, the officers will have to be in the jungle for several days. The idea is to improve physical and mental stamina,” the officer said. After the STF eliminated forest brigand Veerappan in 2004, the STF camp turned into a training centre called the STF Jungle Training School. Recently, Tamil Nadu police training academy imparted compulsory training to new recruits from the police and other related departments.

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