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STF Jungle School to upgrade training module

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HONING HIS SKILL: An IPS probationer undergoing training at the STF Jungle School at Sathyamangalam.
HONING HIS SKILL: An IPS probationer undergoing training at the STF Jungle School at Sathyamangalam.

S.Vijay Kumar

Latest techniques to combat terrorism, insurgency, poaching to be adopted

CHENNAI: The Special Task Force Jungle School at Sathyamangalam is set to scale new heights by elevating its training module to international standards. The latest techniques to combatterrorism, insurgency and poaching will soon be part of the training programme.

“We are trying to incorporate some training components being practised in the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte in Mizoram. They impart the best of training when it comes to jungle warfare and US Special Forces and Marines undergo training there,” Inspector-General of Police (STF) C.Sylendra Babu told The Hindu on Wednesday.

The STF Jungle School trained about 7,000 commandos in 2008, including personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force and Central Industrial Security Force.

“Jungle warfare has become imperative in the backdrop of Maoist insurgency in different States. We are also trying to incorporate some aspects of training from Grey Hounds of Andhra Pradesh police.”

Dr.Babu said one of the mandates of the STF was to preserve the environment. The training was designed to ensure that forest wealth, tranquillity and ecology were not disturbed.

“We do not allow radio, plastics and mobile phones. They (trainees) are not supposed to talk…there is a sign language for everything. While bathing in the jungle river is not permitted, fishing is only for survival.”

Exchange programme

In a related development, special forces in the country such as the National Security Guards, the STF and others will meet at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, on June 8 and 9.

“The meeting of these professional groups that have specialised in various aspects of police is basically for exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices,” NPA Director K.Vijay Kumar said.

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