Chamundi Commando Force takes out route march

Extra vigil: The Chamundi Commando Force was officially flagged off at the office of Commissioner of Police, in Mysore on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

The 100-member elite force is being trained to counter terrorism

MYSORE: The 100-member commando force of the Mysore City Police was christened “Chamundi Commando Force” on Saturday. Soon after, the commandos conducted a route march in some parts of the city as part of a confidence-building exercise, in the wake of a general alert following the Mumbai terror attacks.

The commandos, who are undergoing a six-month-long training under senior police officers, are being tutored in using automatic weapons. Perhaps it is for the first time that a force trained in the basics of commando warfare is being used to give security cover, along with civil police, in the city.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Jawaharhal told The Hindu that the force conducted a flag march in some parts of the city to build confidence among the public, who were in a state of shock over the terror attacks in Mumbai.

The commandos would also conduct route marches in other parts of the city on Sunday and Monday, he added.

Although the Chamundi Commando Force is not as elite as the “Black Cat” commandos, the police are training the commandos — all aged below 30 years — to handle emergencies. They are being groomed on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG) in counter-terrorism tactics.

The force was formed during the recent Dasara celebrations, which had come under the terror radar. The festivities passed off peacefully, thanks to unprecedented security cover in the city.

The Chamundi force will become fully operational to tackle any type of emergency once all its members receive counter-terrorism training and other requisite skills.