MUCH-HYPED state-of-the-art training for the Provincial Arms Constabulary (PAC) personnel to combat the Naxal and militant menace began at the headquarters of seven sectors of the PAC since September 1.
Expert teams from Indian Army have been imparting training about high-tech weapons, landmines, explosives and ambushing (field craft).
Following a tie-up with the Army authorities, a team each comprising a Subedar, Havildar and four jawans started training at 32 battalion-Lucknow, 37 bn-Kanpur, 34 bn-Varanasi, 9bn-Mooradabad, 8bn Bareilly, 6 bn-Meerut and 15 bn at Agra.
One company from each battalion of the PAC has been spared for the training at each sector for a period of one month and it will continue till the entire 52 companies of the PAC are trained.
The training begins everyday from 9 am and the groups seeking training included personnel from the rank of jawan to the Company Commander. The training schedule is based on Army guidelines. The participants have to attend both the classroom and field training everyday except Sundays.
The UP police were proving to be incompetent while combating the Naxal attacks in the districts of Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra. Besides, Gorakhpur, Ghazipur and Ballia are targeted as ‘potential’ districts to be brought under their influence.
During the one-month training, emphasis would be laid on training the PAC jawans to identify and dispose bombs and take necessary precautions during operations, a senior PAC official said.