With an aim to make West Midnapore free from Maoist, the state government has planned to procure Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remote Operating Vehicle, popularly known as Robot Commando. Such remote operated vehicles will be deployed at Maoist dominated areas.
A mock test was also conducted at the firing range which is close to the EFR camp at Salua on Wednesday. Senior police officials Vishal Garg, in-charge of western range and Dilip Kumar Adak (CID operations) were present during the mock test. Both have expressed satisfaction and mentioned that more such tests were required as its utility during the operations need to be established.
Adak said in many cases, it was difficult to sent the jawans to face rebels. Such remote controlled gadgets in which AK-47 rifles could be attached will be deployed in Maoist-hit areas. It may be recalled that after the terror attack in Mumbai, the commandoes of national Security Guard (NSG) have started using remote controlled robots.
The US Army have been using the Exclusive Ordnance Disposal Remote Operating vehicle for quite some time and have got satisfactory results. The camera fitted with the robot helps to identify the opponents even during night. Once they are spotted, the jawans can fire from a distance.
So far, these gadgets were used to defuse bombs. The detectives used to deploy the robot to dispose bomb.