ll 36 women with Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) from northeast India provided security cover to Prime Minister Modi during the 72nd Independence Day celebrations at the Red-Forst in New Delhi.
These women who broke the traditional male bastion to enter the Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) team and were formally inducted on 10th August 2018. These women were also trained with the National Security Guard (NSG) for anti-terror duty under the Delhi Police’s Special Cell.
The Delhi Police said in its tweet: “All Women SWAT Commando unit is an expert in unarmed combat, ambush & counter ambush, urban operations with knowledge of explosives, improvised explosive devices, and assault weapons.”
Here are few things to know about Delhi Police’s All Women SWAT team:
1: This All Women SWAT team is a brainchild of Amulya Patnaik, the Delhi Police Commissioner. All 36 women are from northeast India, 13 of them are from Assam, 5 from Sikkim, 5 from Arunachal Pradesh, 5 from Manipur, 4 from Meghalaya, 2 from Nagaland and 1 From Tripura and Mizoram each.
2: These commandos have trained rigorously by the specialists from India and abroad for 15 months.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik while speaking with Time of India said:
“These women are second to none when it comes to handling terror strikes and hostage crises in urban areas… In fact, they were rated better than their male counterparts by their trainers at Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan…”
3: These Commandos have undergone training to handle situations in urban areas as well as jungle operations too. Their expertise includes unarmed combat operations, counter-ambush, and ambush, and operations in urban areas like building complexes, vehicle interventions, and VVIP security too. Commandos are also trained in Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the Israeli Defence Forces.
4: The 15-months training also included the basic knowledge of explosives and also the knowledge of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The commandos are equipped with AK-47 rifles, Glock17 or 26 pistols, MP5 machine guns and the corner shot devices for improving the night vision.
5: For a special police team it is so important to respond to emergency situations. While explaining on their competency, a trainer for the Delhi SWAT team said: “Experts at abseiling & scaling, they can spring from deep sleep to action, fully armed, within a minute of an alarm… Not only have they mixed well with personnel from other parts of the country, but there is also an amazing mix of cultures on display at the academy at present…”
6. The all Delhi SWAT team has been stationed at strategic locations in Central and South Delhi as well as around the Red Fort and India Gate.