Describing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as the most potent instrument in the hands of terrorists, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the security apparatus should be ready to neutralise the threat posed by this class of explosives.
The Government had in the last few years made “a determined effort” at capacity building to strengthen internal security following a series of terrorist attacks culminating into the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, he said.
Chidambaram was speaking after inaugurating the Institute of IED Management (IIM) set up by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at its campus at Talegaon, 50km from here.
Noting that the raising of the institute was another step in that direction, the Home Minister said “We still have a long way to go to attain adequate capacity building to defend the country.”
Emphasising the need for better training of human resources, he said it should be coupled with a technological edge to enhance the capacity of internal security mechanism.
Hailing the establishment of the institute, aimed at neutralising IEDs and saving the lives of those engaged in anti-insurgency operations, Chidambaram said the explosive had been used in many of the recent terror attacks in the country, including the one on an Israeli diplomat’s car in Delhi.
“IEDs can be used in anything….in a toy and in a bicycle….,” he added and congratulated CRPF for its “outstanding” work in setting up the institute.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was present on the occasion, said the institute was an an “important addition” to the capacity building of paramilitary forces and would benefit those involved in fighting extremist elements in the state’s Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district.