A training programme for prison personnel on Krav Maga, an unarmed combat system, was inaugurated at the Madurai Central Prison here on Sunday by Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur.

According to the prison officials, 70 prison personnel from the State will attend the training programme in Chennai for three months.

The training will also be extended to all the police units as per the instructions of the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police. On Sunday, 10 prison staff from the Madurai Central Prison and S. Sree Ram, the coordinator and instructor of the Chennai Chapter of Krav Maga, staged a demonstration of the combat techniques. Mr. Mathur said, “Krav Maga is easy to learn and effectual to control the mob. The combat system needs constant practise, or else it might be forgotten”, he said.

According to Mr. Sree Ram, the 70 prison personnel who undergo the first phase of training will train others. “Improvised weapons are common in prisons.