“An idea floated four years ago by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to establish a crack commando force in Punjab has borne fruit with the state’s SWAT team bringing down all three heavily-armed terrorists who struck at Dinanagar”, states a media report.
Another one talks about how Punjab’s new heroes stared death in the face and came back laughing (http://goo.gl/VPi5J0). Their courage and precision in dealing with the situation was also lauded (http://goo.gl/IuubzY).
Gurdaspur terror attack recently brought out the skills and courage of the SWAT team. The Special Weapons And Tactis (SWAT) unit is a specially trained team of Punjab Armed Police for anti-terror operations.
The team will now get stronger with Army Western Command deciding to train SWAT commandoes in a specialised course called ‘Ghatak’. The two-weeks training of 20 young men is sure to make them well equipped with taking on terrorists with grit and determination.
The army will also be training these young commandoes with handling IEDs, Anti Sabotage and Bomb Disposal procedures. The army will be providing specialised training to Punjab Police personnel as well at different locations like Jalandhar, Pathankot, Zirakpur and Nahan.
The youngsters who had got their training in Israel had faced first terror attack in the last 4 years, ever since it was formed. These teams were formed in 2011 after there were reports that Punjab politicians were on hit list of militant groups and the government had spent Rs 1.15 crore on their training.
The SWAT team is trained in such a manner that it is prepared to deal with any kind of eventuality. The government had two years back also sent the team to Wagah border to support the BSF.
The need for strengthening SWAT team was felt as there have been 34 terror attacks in the state in the last 27 years as per reports. Majority of these attacks were in 1990s when militancy was at its peak
BOX: What makes SWAT a Strong Force?
This special force of Punjab which was formed in the year 2010 is a highly trained team. Not only is the force well trained, but has also been provided with the best weapons to deal with the worst terror attacks in the state. There are in all 80 highly trained elite commandos in the force across the state. All the commandos who are deployed by the Punjab government are under 28 years of age and that’s what makes them fit and capable of taking up extremely challenging situations. All the teams are provided with the latest technology like bullet-proof transport, light weight bullet proof jackets and helmets, hands-free radio sets, anti-trauma body suits, gas masks, shock shields, laser and gas guns. Other sophisticated weaponry includes Glock 17 pistol, Brugger and Thomet MP9 sub machine gun, Heckler and Koch MP5 sub machine gun, MTAR 21 X95 assault rifle, SIG 552 assault rifle, AK-47 assault rifle, Steyr SSG 69, CornerShot and night vision devices.