Sushanta Talukdar

It has incorporated material hitherto not found in any such manual

GUWAHATI: Over 60,000 personnel of the Assam police will now be able to learn the basics of arms training in Assamese with the force formally introducing a handbook on weapons in Assamese titled 'Astror Haathputhi' and also the Assamese language as a medium of instruction.

Outgoing Director General of Police P.V. Sumant on Saturday released the book in the presence of Dipak Narayan Dutt, a 1971 batch IPS officer, who has taken over as the new DGP and senior officials of the force. Mr. Dutt, who was serving as Director General (Civil Defence) and Commandant General, Home Guard, also underwent a training programme of the Indian Police Command Course at West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Training School, Wakefield, in the United Kingdom.


The handbook edited by DIG A.K. Sinha Casshyap and Deputy Director State Fire Service Organisation, Parthasarathi Mahanta, has been written in order to suit the needs of the Assam Police. It has incorporated additional material, illustrations and a glossary of terms hitherto not found in any weapon training manual as well as a question and answer bank.

The scheme and format of the lesson plan follows the traditional pattern of instruction so that continuity is maintained.

New ground

At the same time it breaks new ground while translating, keeping in mind two aspects: first, that Assamese language used was easily understood by the rank and file and secondly, terms in English and Hindi as well as words of command in Hindi have been retained along with its equivalent Assamese word for the sake of comprehension and easy understanding.

The book as a medium of instruction was tried out with success on a Weapons and Tactic Course at the Police Training College, Dergaon.

In his farewell speech, Mr. Sumant, an IPS officer of the 1967 batch, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, said that he had seen the Assam Police growing from 10,000 personnel to the present strength of over 60,000 personnel.