As many as 41 women commandos from the Northeast will be inducted into Delhi Police for handling a terror strike or a hostage situation. The women commandos will be deployed inside “Parakram” vans that were launched in May to avert terror attacks, according to The Indian Express. They will be trained by the National Security Guard (NSG), Special Cell and other security agencies. These elite commandos had undergone a 10-month police training period which they passed with good grades, as per The Times of India report.
Following a series of attacks on women and hate crimes in the national capital, 400 people from the Northeast were recruited into Delhi Police in the year 2016 under a Special Recruitment Drive. Out of the total recruits, 134 were women. Right now 41 women are undergoing a four-month advance commando training at Jharoda Kalan, as per ToI. Under this training program, the lady commandos will be taught to operate heavy weapons including AK 47, carbines, pistols, revolvers, LMG and SaF rifles and Glock pistols. Amid intelligence inputs of women Fidayeen attacks, they were also deployed at Red Fort on Independence Day.
Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had flagged off 10 Parakram vans in May this year, which are stationed at Vijay Chowk, Palika Bazar, IP Marg, Select Citywalk Mall in Saket, Vasant Kunj Mall, Pacific Mall in Subhash Nagar, Netaji Subhash Place market and mall complex, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Jhandewalan, as per IE. Another 15 Parakram vans were launched before the Independence Day. Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (operations) said, “Those who are selected for Parakram will get an advanced commando training, specially to counter terror attack-like situations. They have to be preemptive and soft.” He said the commandos need understand the situation and react instantly so they will also undergo training related to vulnerable areas and buildings, as per IE.