The commando wing of Kolkata Police is investing Rs 34 lakh to equip itself better to face any possible hostage crisis in the city, especially at night. The equipment that is being procured by the unit will enable the para commandos to fire at terrorists and hijackers even if they don’t come face to face. This will reduce the chances of casualties.
Among the items that are being purchased are corner shot CSM gun for clear strike and fixing targets, laser-fitted aiming device for Glock 17 & 19 pistols, AKMS (fold butt), anti-skid boots, night vision binoculars, hands-free communication sets, gas masks and specialized gloves.
The official tender for the procurement is already out while technical bid (after bid submission) is likely to begin on December 9.
The tender document has specified the exact requirement for each equipment that will be procured. For example, the corner shot gun fitted with a high-resolution camera allows one to see and attack an enemy. Similarly, laser lights help a commando shoot efficiently while crouching or lying down.
According to police sources, the para commandos had earlier undergone a training that included rappelling, swimming, unarmed combat, traversing and slithering. They were also trained in using specialized weapons, like gloak pistols and submachine guns.
The training infrastructure was also ramped up for this unit, where a pond has been turned into a swimming pool. Besides, an improvised shooting range has been set up for special operation group (SOG)/commando while a gymnasium came up with the latest equipment at Body Guard Lines.
Source: Times of India