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Women commandos to man Metro trains

delhi Updated: May 18, 2010 00:07 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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Metro commuters will soon have women commandos with AK-47 rifles and sniffer canines as their co-passengers while commuting.

A good number of trained CISF jawans, including young women commandos are undergoing rigorous training and will soon be deployed to ensure security of metro commuters. About 10 sniffer dogs are also being trained.

The jawans are part of quick reaction teams (QRTs) in which women in uniform will be on mobile duty in Metro trains during the Commonwealth Games in October, said a senior CISF official.

“We are going to increase the strength of our QRTs before the Games and at the same time, introduce 10 new well-trained sniffer dogs, in order to ensure better security of metro commuters during the Commonwealth Games,” said the official.

“This is an initiative taken by the CISF in order to cater to the increased demand of sniffer dogs for its Bomb Detection Squads in the Delhi Metro for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games,” Rohit Katiyar, CISF spokesperson said.

“In January, we have procured a total of 10 best pedigree pubs of Labrador, Cocker Spaniel and German Shepherd breeds,” he added.

“These are now undergoing training in sniffing and detecting explosives, narcotics and other chemicals at the CISF Dog Breeding and Training Centre at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.”

These dogs will be deployed by mid-September, a fortnight before the games, he added.

“Presently, we have 11 sniffer dogs — six from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and five from the CISF — in the dedicated dog squad for Delhi Metro. The new dogs, which are undergoing training, were procured by the CISF itself,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

Talking about women commanders, Katiyar made it clear that one should not underestimate them.

“Our women commanders undergo all kinds of training that male commandos undergo and are equally efficient,” said Katiyar.

Officials said the CISF will increase the strength of its special units of QRTs immediately after the Home Ministry issues a sanction for the same.

DMRC and CISF recently had undertaken a security audit of the commuter service, keeping in view the increasing passenger load with the introduction of new metro stations.