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Jungle warfare school plays vital role in reducing militancy

The north eastern state of Tripura is now setting a record in defying militant activities, and the Jungle Warfare and Counter Insurgency (JWCI) School has played a significant role in facilitating this change in a region that was ravaged by insurgency not too long ago.

By Pinaki Das

Tripura, May 10 : The north eastern state of Tripura is now setting a record in defying militant activities, and the Jungle Warfare and Counter Insurgency (JWCI) School has played a significant role in facilitating this change in a region that was ravaged by insurgency not too long ago.

Over 400 hard core militants have surrendered in the State in the last one year, and the process of surrender is still on.

Militants in Tripura have realized that insurgency is not a solution to their problems in the long term.

People of the State have come out in support of the JWCI initiative, realising that peace and development is the preferred and final goal.

According to authorities, the main problem in the past was the use of conventional methods to tackle the militants.

Now, they have found fresh options at less expenditure.

"Today also, the state police is giving conventional training. This training is effective, especially for the North East, because it is filled with terrain and jungles and that too secondary and primary types of forests. To fight with insurgents in this jungle, one should be given special training. As technology is advancing, our training is also mixed with technology," said Pinaki Samnto, a trainer.

Tripura Police established the first Jungle Warfare and Counter Insurgency School for paramilitary forces at Khetricherra of Dhalai District, using its own manpower and resources, on August 28, 2003.

Training of the forces is planned keeping the view the terrain. The school gives two types of training, Jungle Warfare Training and Counter Insurgency training (JWCI) and Pre-Induction Training (PIT).

The duration of JWCI courses is of six weeks, and is meant exclusively for Tripura State Rifle (TSR) personnel. PIT training is for the state police and other forces.

"There are several benefits of it, we remain physically fit, we learn how to fight with militants, and our body becomes healthy, we get energy for long journeys also," said Swapan Kumar Tripura, a rifleman.

TSR is achieving a lot of success in counter insurgency operations and all the credit goes to the Jungle Warfare and Counter Insurgency School.

"Keeping an eye on the condition of Tripura, we have given very good training in CIJW and we expect that with this training we will get success in life and fighting against enemies," said Swapan Kumar Debnath, a TSR nursing assistant.

Other security forces like CRPF, CISF, RPF and state police also take training.

ANI

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