The RPF authorities had written a letter to the Surajit Kar Purakayastha, Director General of Police, with a request to arrange training facilities for RPF personnel and the task was finally given to the CID considering its wide array of experience in this field.
Officers of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of CID need visited different places starting from Darjeeling to Sunderbans with the purpose of carrying out frisking operation. They visited various places to detect and dispose bombs.
When contacted, Dilip Adak, DIG CID (Operations), said that a total of 64 personnel of different ranks of RPF are undertaking the training programme which is taking place at Salap in Howrah. There are 32 personnel in each batch. The first batch underwent training from, July 1 to 28. The four-week-long training for the second batch will start on August 9.
Top experts in detection and disposal of bombs in CID have taken classes of the RPF personnel who have already passed a few years in their service. During the classes they were provided with the basic knowledge on the methods of detecting bombs and how to dispose those off if found in a place without creating panic.
An officer of the CID said that after undergoing this training for weeks, the RPF personnel will be confident enough in carrying out frisking operations in any places. “But during the training programme special attention was given on detection of bombs in station, its surrounding areas and in compartments of trains. Lessons were given to make them learn how to assess the intensity of the bombs if they explode. Moreover, they were also been made aware of the precautionary aspects which have to be kept in mind while disposing off a bomb,” the officer said.
At the end of the training programme, the RPF personnel were sent to different places along with officers of CID’s Bomb Disposal Squad for a practical training, which was also a part of the curriculum.
The officer of the CID said that as far as he came to know that RPF personnel were made to undergo the training programme so that they can execute the same task with much more efficiency and skillfully to avert any untoward incident in any railway stations.
CID had trained security personnel of the Indian Oil Corporation earlier to make them capable enough to ensure that no untoward incident take place in the installations. But this is the first time when CID trained RPF personnel, said an officer of CID.