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Assam cops to shop for bomb gear
Published on 29 Dec. 2009 11:38 PM IST
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The New Year will see Assam police go shopping for explosives detection and disposal devices to add teeth to their capability. Highly placed sources today said the security forces needed to be on guard all the time as the arrest of top Ulfa leaders in the last couple of months had not changed the military equations on the ground to a great extent. The procurement of equipment such as bomb disposal vehicle, bomb disposal suit, bomb basket, bomb blanket, improvised explosive device (IED) locator, portable explosive detector, deep search IED detector and portable X-ray scanner will contribute towards reducing bomb blasts and casualties, a source said. “The bomb disposal vehicle is a trailer-mounted container, capable of containing a blast of minimum 5kg of high explosive substance such as RDX and TNT. A bomb basket can withstand a blast of 200gm of RDX with one detonator or its equivalent high explosives with splinters. A bomb blanket will contain a blast of minimum 100gm of RDX or its equivalent quantity of other high explosive substances with one detonator,” he said. The equipment will prove highly useful in safely removing a bomb to a secure and isolated location for defusing after it is detected in a public place or a high security zone, he added. “On the other hand, IED locators, portable explosive detectors, deep search IED detectors and portable X-ray scanners will help the police carry out anti-sabotage checks in an efficient manner, besides detection of explosives with precision,” he said. “The police personnel will also be provided with thermal imaging viewers, bullet-proof vests and bomb disposal suits to deal with emergency situations,” he added. The need for such gadgets was felt more after last year’s October 30 serial blasts and to counter militant outfits that are getting more innovative by the day, stated a report in The telegraph. “There is an immediate need to modernise the state police with militant groups such as Ulfa and the NDFB using ingenious ways of targeting security forces. Of late, Ulfa is using the trap twin blasts terror tactic to ensure maximum casualty among security forces,” the source said. Recently in Nalbari, Ulfa militants first carried out a relatively low intensity blast in a bid to bring police personnel to the site and then targeted them by detonating a powerful blast. “Such tactics generally succeed for the militants as it is quite usual for police personnel to rush to the blast site for rescue and investigation. In the process, they become victims of the second blast,” the source added.

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