14 more Parakram Vans placed at strategic points
NEW DELHI: Armed with AK-47 and MP-5 rifles and provided with tactical gears including BP Jacket, tact belt, arms and knee pads, anti ballistic goggles, the commondos of newly included 14 Parakaram vans would be prepared to take on any challenge from the terror outfits in case they plan to disrupt peace in the national capital.
This increases the present contingent of Parakaram Vans to 24 as ten have been launched in the first phase. 'Parakram' Vans would be located on selected vulnerable and strategic points comprising of high footfall areas and iconic buildings.
"Newly inducted 14 Parakram Vans would be located at locations – Supreme Court, Sardar Patel marg, Diplomatic area, Delhi High Court, Khan market, Parliament House, India Gate, L-G House, Sarojini Nagar market, Lajpat Nagar market, Akbar road, Netaji Subhash Palace and two reserved for emergencies," said DCP PCR Monika Bhardwaj.
Flagged off by the Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik at Red Fort on Friday, all these "Parakram Vans" are GPRS enabled and are fitted with pan Delhi wireless communication. Each van has been provided with a phablet with internet connectivity and recording facility. These vans will be manned by one driver, one in-charge and three commandos. Drivers deployed on these vans will be armed with small weapon and are trained by NSG in offensive driving with 360 degree turning and firing in mobile mode.
In-Charge of the van would be wearing tactical vest and would be equipped with stunner gun with light, body worn camera, pepper spray, baton etc. Commandos will be in war mode round the clock and will be attired in dungaree fatigues enabling their agility.
The primary aim of deploying these "Parakram Vans" is to instil a feeling of security and safety among citizens by virtue of sheer visibility deterrence and also to respond to real life situations promptly.