Having learnt a lesson or two in the clash with the protesters at Kotkapura in Faridkot district on October 14, the police administration has initiated a drive to hone up the skills of the cops to deal with the critical law and order situation. Under the drive, the administration is holding camps to train policemen of the districts falling in the Bathinda police range.
A 10-day training camp, organised for cops from three districts of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar, concluded here on Tuesday. The camp was attended by as many as 75 policemen from three districts in which they were trained to deal with the situation arising out of protests where agitators go violent.
The camp was overseen by deputy inspector general (DIG) of the Bathinda police range RS Khatra. “I noticed several drawbacks on the part of the cops dealing with the situation at Kotkapura on October 14 morning when the firing incident took place. So, I decided to train the cops to cope up with such situations,” he said.
“I myself had undergone training at the centre of excellence for stability of police units in Italy where we were trained how to deal with the critical law and order situation arising out of such protests,” he said.
“In the camp, we trained the cops how to shield themselves from stone-pelting. Cops were trained how to act against the protesters step-wise from one action to another, including the use of lathis and teargas with the prior information to protesters in this regard,” said Khatra. The cops were also trained to offer negotiations. Mock exercises were conducted at the camp to train the cops, he added.
The camp for another batch of 75 cops from the three districts would start from November 6, he said.
Over 60 people, including about 25 cops, were injured in the Kotkapura clash between protesters and the police on October 14 early morning. Two persons were killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan village in a clash between protesters and the police soon after the Kotkapura clash.