Jharkhand Police started special training sessions for security forces to handle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) warned the state police regarding the nefarious plans of the CPI-Maoists to disrupt Lok Sabha elections.
According to the guidelines provided by the MHA, the training is being provided to all security personnel. In the first phase of training session, the security forces will be trained to maintain law and order during elections.
“I have a deadline to complete the training before the election process is initiated,” said Anurag Gupta, inspector general of police and Jharkhand Police spokesperson. Before the beginning training session, state police have also imparted training to the appointed trainers. Under the supervision of IG training Umesh Kumar Singh, the trainers were taught on IED safety protocols. The elite anti-Naxal force Jharkhand Jaguar (JJ) is being provided special training to detect and defuse IEDs.
MHA wrote to the state police and informed that the banned outfit was ready to disrupt the peaceful elections in the state and they named their mission ‘Chunao Bahiskar’. Maoists were planning to ambush security forces, polling centres, police stations and polling parties in the state, the letter said.
MHA has directed the state police to sensitise security forces and polling parties to strictly comply with the security drill and standard operation procedure. It also instructed road opening parties to remain alert to avoid any untoward incident.
Since 14 years, around 450 security personnel have lost their lives in various anti-insurgency operations. Maximum of them were killed in IED balsts.