CISF wants paintball guns to sharpen combat skills
Rana said paintball guns are used across the world to practice urban warfare. “Initially, we have requested to buy 30 to 50 paintball guns. “The approval is pending,” he added.Updated: Apr 21, 2019 08:49 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Delhi Metro unit of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), one of the country’s premier paramilitary forces, has made a proposal to buy paintball guns for target practice during mock drills, an officer privy to details of the proposal said on Saturday.
The proposal was sent last month by the CISF’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) unit in Shastri Park to the CISF headquarters. Once cleared, the proposal will be sent to the ministry of home affairs for approval. All Metro stations in Delhi are guarded by the CISF.
According to a senior officer, any commando hit with by paintball will leave the mock drill and be required to refine their armed combat skills.
Senior officers said this will help them filter the best of their shooters and do away with conventional security mock drills in which commandos only practice positions with unloaded weapons. The move came after a committee was formed to advance the CISF’s urban warfare techniques.
Jitender Rana, senior commandant, CISF, confirmed the initiative. He said the motive is to check the skills of the commandos in urban warfare. “At present, we cannot shoot real bullets during mock drills as it will spark panic. We have excelled the close combat technique, but with paintball guns we will get a clear picture of how good our men are at shooting,” Rana said.
He added that the Delhi Metro’s has a small built-up area. “Our men need to be skilled to make sure they are not hit by enemy bullets. They must also be efficient enough to ensure every bullet fired in a real-time terror situation, takes down the enemy. Whichever commando will be hit with a paintball will be required to refine their skills at close armed combat. This will also help us identify the best shooters in our force with the best real-time response,” the senior commandant said.
Rana said paintball guns are used across the world to practice urban warfare. “Initially, we have requested to buy 30 to 50 paintball guns. “The approval is pending,” he added.
The Delhi Metro is one of the hypersensitive installations that the CISF secures in the National Capital. Every year, intelligence agencies issue a series of alerts related to the security of Metro stations, after which the security of the Metro is increased from time to time. Apart from DMRC, the CISF also guards the airport and government offices.
First Published: Apr 21, 2019 05:36 IST